2015 Joel A. Gingras, Jr. Award Honors Family and Friends of Morton Grove Son Whose Legacy Supported 11 Research Grants

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ABTA presents award to the Paul Fabbri Memorial Fund Committee, Family and Friends at National Patient & Family Conference

July 27, 2015

CHICAGO, Ill., July 24, 2015 – The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) presents its 2015 Joel A. Gingras, Jr. Award to the Paul Fabbri Memorial Fund Committee, Family and Friends on Friday, July 24 at the organization’s Annual National Patient & Family Conference.  

The ABTA’s Joel A. Gingras, Jr. Award is given annually to an individual, organization or group that through philanthropy, advocacy, discovery or patient care, has had a major impact on the ability of the organization to achieve its mission. The award was established in 2010 in honor of the Joel A. Gingras, Jr. Memorial Foundation, which to date has raised $1.6 million for the association.

“The Paul Fabbri Memorial Golf Classic is among the most enduring volunteer fundraising events advancing the ABTA’s work,” said Elizabeth M. Wilson, ABTA President and CEO. “And the enduring commitment of the Fabbri family and their friends is a testament to the love and generosity that Paul Fabbri continues to inspire today.”

According to Wilson, The Paul Fabbri Memorial Fund Committee, Family and Friends fund has raised more than $275,000 for the ABTA and supported 11 research awards that have increased knowledge of brain tumors while supporting the careers of talented and dedicated early career scientists.  

Growing up in the Edison Park area of Chicago and Morton Grove, Ill., Paul Fabbri was a happy, healthy, and outgoing child who was cherished by his parents and extended family. From an early age he demonstrated athletic prowess and was the gym student who jumped the highest, ran the fastest and showed the most enthusiasm for developing his physical abilities. He was his best on the basketball court, helping lead Niles North High School to a regional championship. Paul’s brain tumor was diagnosed when he was 21. Paul went on to have three more surgeries during the next ten years. He died in 1998 at the age of 31.

Inspired by his struggle, courage, continuing charm and constant desire to live life as fully as he could, his family and friends formed an exceptional circle of love and support that helped Paul face his challenges. Like the Gingras Family, Paul’s family and friends rallied to celebrate a life well lived and to build a legacy to help others overcome the disease that cut short the life of a loved one. Paul’s mother, Maryann and younger brother Billy, are active in the work of the fund, as are Paul’s childhood friends, Bob Kruchten and ABTA Board Chair Jeff Fougerousse.

The 2015 award recipient was announced at the Joel A. Gingras (JAG) Fund Black-Tie Gala at The Union League of Philadelphia on March 28, 2015.

The ABTA’s two-day national conference is the largest gathering of brain tumor patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals and researchers, attracting more than 200 attendees who come together for education, support and networking opportunities. 


ABOUT THE AMERICAN BRAIN TUMOR ASSOCIATION

Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association was the first and is now the only national organization committed to funding brain tumor research and providing information and education on all tumor types and all age groups. For more information, visit www.abta.org or call 800-886-ABTA (2282).
 

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