American Brain Tumor Association Names 2015 Joel A. Gingras, Jr. Award Recipient

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Paul Fabbri Memorial Fund Committee, Family and Friends Honored for Support of Innovative Brain Tumor Science and the ABTA

March 26, 2015

CHICAGO, Ill., March 26, 2015 – The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) has named the Paul Fabbri Memorial Fund Committee, Family and Friends as the recipients of the 2015 Joel A. Gingras, Jr. Award. For more than 17 years, Paul Fabbri’s family and friends have contributed support for 11 research grants, increasing the knowledge of brain tumors through innovative science.

The 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 American Brain Tumor Association 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 American Brain Tumor Association.

Growing up in the Edison Park area of Chicago and Morton Grove, Ill., Paul was the star point guard on the Niles North basketball league, where he led his team to a regional championship. In 1988, Paul, 21, was diagnosed with a brain tumor after collapsing following a workout. Ten years after undergoing initial surgery and radiation treatment, his brain tumor recurred. After enduring two major operations, Paul passed away at the age of 31.

Paul’s family and friends established the Paul Fabbri Memorial Fund Committee, Family and Friends to help other families overcome the disease and to support research into effective treatment. The fund has raised more than $275,000 for ABTA research and therapy innovations. Paul’s mother and brother, Maryann and Billy Fabbri, are active in the work of the fund, and his childhood friends, Bob Kruchten and Jeff Fougerousse, who is the Chairmen of the ABTA’s Board of Directors, play leadership roles in fundraising for the fund. The Paul Fabbri Memorial Golf Classic is one of the longest running events to support ABTA programs, services and patient-caregiver resources.

“The Paul Fabbri Memorial Fund Committee, Family and Friends exemplifies the essence of The Joel A. Gingras Jr. Award – a legacy of advancing the ABTA’s mission for patients, families, volunteers, healthcare professionals and researchers,” said Elizabeth M. Wilson, MNA, president and CEO, American Brain Tumor Association. “We are honored to have Paul Fabbri’s circle of friends and family supporting the ABTA.”

Wilson will announce the award at the March 28, 2015 Joel A. Gingras (JAG) Fund Black-Tie Gala at The Union League of Philadelphia. The ABTA will present the award to Maryann and Billy Fabbri, Bob Kruchten, Jeff Fougerousse, and others at its National Patient & Family Conference, held July 24 - 25, 2015 in Chicago. 


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 or call 800-886-ABTA (2282).

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