It takes a community of patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, volunteers and supporters to advance the mission of the American Brain Tumor Association. We are proud to have the first nationwide volunteer network dedicated to serving the brain tumor cause by extending the ABTA's reach to more people, in more places and in more meaningful ways.
Become a volunteer and you'll become the newest member of the ABTA CommYOUnity™ Volunteer Network. Join the large and growing movement of passionate individuals from across the country working together to make an impact in the brain tumor community. Volunteers can choose from a variety of programs and activities that match their interests, skills and availability. Discover how rewarding it is to be a part of the ABTA CommYOUnity™ Volunteer Network.
Learn more about the different volunteer opportunities we have in each of the four core areas by clicking on the options below. If you need additional information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lenard Bass is a mentor in the ABTA’s CommYOUnity™ Connect program, and a true advocate for the brain tumor cause. As a brain tumor survivor, Lenard understands the importance of having the tools and resources needed to be your own advocate.
After being diagnosed in 2013, Lenard began his process of researching information to understand where his new life road map was going to take him so he could figure out how to best navigate in his new journey. Being a volunteer with the ABTA has provided Lenard with the outlet to share his story and provide information and guidance to those who are searching of answers.
One of Lenard’s favorite volunteer memories happened while attending his first ABTA Patient and Family Conference in Chicago. He had noticed a woman sitting alone, looking lost and confused on how to proceed. Lenard quickly learned she was a brain tumor patient who was unsure how to move forward with her diagnosis. She had initially confused him as a caregiver until she noticed his scar from his craniotomy, which ultimately gave her hope for her future with a brain tumor.
Lenard showed her the ABTA’s website on her phone and helped her navigate through the site to find the best places to connect with others and get filled with information. He ended their exchange by giving her his personal contact information; they are still connected to this day.
“I have that extra skip in my step if you will because of the inspiration I have found in being a survivor, volunteer and a mentor...the fight is worth every second and life is so much brighter,” Lenard said.