You Can Help Unlock Brain Cancer Science

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If you are an adult who has been diagnosed with primary brain cancer, such as glioblastoma, astrocytoma, or oligodendroglioma, you can join a nationwide movement of patients and their families, doctors, and scientists by sharing your information and your voice.

The Brain Cancer Project aims to collect tumor tissue DNA so researchers can make discoveries that will ultimately lead to a better understanding of brain cancer. And, it’s as simple as providing a saliva sample and medical information via mail.

This research initiative led by a coalition of major medical and research institutions and nonprofits, including Harvard, MIT, the Biden Cancer Initiative, an independent organization that builds on the Cancer Moonshot; the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and partner organizations, such as the American Brain Tumor Association.

“To advance our knowledge and understanding of brain cancers, studying the tumors’ genes and molecular information can provide invaluable information to fight the disease,” said Ralph A. DeVitto, president and chief executive officer of the American Brain Tumor Association. “This initiative puts brain tumor research in the hands of the patient and their families to help accelerate brain cancer research.”

According to the Brain Cancer Project, “each patient’s cancer is different. The unique information in an individual’s cancer holds the key to advances in cancer treatments.”

Anonymous data generated from brain tumor samples and medical records will be shared with the biomedical community. By understanding the genes and the variations that drive this disease, and sharing this data with the scientific community, insights can be gained and more effective therapies can be developed.

Visit the Brain Cancer Project website to learn more or participate.

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Mindee Plugues


Mindee J. Plugues, of Los Angeles, CA, is vice president, marketing for the Applebee’s brand and brings skills including brand strategy, executive leadership, and marketing to the board. Plugues has been an ABTA donor since April 2001, following her father’s passing from GBM. She is also a former member of the ABTA endurance program, Team Breakthrough.

Bob Kruchten


Bob Kruchten, of Mount Prospect, IL, is a sales manager at Extreme Reach, a leading advertising technology company. He has strong skills in communications and fundraising, and has been advocating for the ABTA for 19 years in tribute to his best friend, Paul Fabbri, who lost his 10-year battle with GBM in 1998. Kruchten accepted the ABTA’s Joel A. Gingras Jr. Award in 2015 on behalf of the Paul Fabbri Memorial Fund.