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A Message from Ralph DeVitto, ABTA President & CEO

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Dear Friends,

Our brain tumor community is no stranger to navigating through the difficulties and uncertainty of life. And now, with COVID-19, our physical and emotional well-being is tested once again. Some say our brain tumor community is especially vulnerable to this virus, and while we must be extra careful to protect ourselves by staying home, I believe, there is no community better poised to persevere.

Through the past couple of years, I’ve had the chance to meet patients, caregivers, survivors and families all across the country. What I’ve learned is that while everyone navigates this journey in their own unique way, one commonality surfaced—the need for community.

For some, a community represents an opportunity to actively engage and connect. And for others, a community represents a sense of knowing that others are rallying with conviction to defeat a common enemy.

Whatever your preference, I want you to know that you are not alone. Your ABTA, your community, is here for you.

Today, and in the days ahead, I encourage you to reach out to the ABTA to assist you with whatever you need. After all, this organization was built by you and for you. The founders of our organization made certain to create an organization that empowers our community, with trusted information and support services to help you through today, while investing in all of our tomorrows.

Educational Webinar: COVID-19

Our community had questions, so we got answers. View our special webinar about COVID-19 and the Brain Tumor Community with Dr. Milan Chheda, MD, of Washington University School of Medicine. Watch the webinar.


Call us at 1-800-886-2282 or email us at abtacares@abta.org and one of our team members will assist you or refer you to other services.

Mentor Program:                                                                                                                                         

Our Mentor program consists of hundreds of patients, survivors and caregivers who have been trained by the ABTA and are eager to connect and provide support to others in similar situations. If you’re feeling lonely or overwhelmed, our Mentors are a beacon of light. Email abtacares@abta.org or complete our online form and we’ll make the connection.

Connections Community:                                                                                                                         

The ABTA Connections community is an online community of over 23,000 patients, survivors and caregivers designed to connect with and learn from each other. Visit the ABTA Connections community.

The American Brain Tumor Association is here to serve. We’re planning for brighter days ahead, as we always have, and will continue to fund brain tumor research and galvanize our research community to help secure a future without a life lost to a brain tumor.

Take care of yourself. Take care of those around you. And know, we are with you.


Ralph DeVitto

President & CEO

American Brain Tumor Association

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