Financial Assistance

Being diagnosed with a brain tumor takes a toll on the patient and their family physically, emotionally, and financially. Even with a good health insurance plan, medical bills and related costs — from travel and housing to equipment and parking — can quickly add up. While the ABTA is not able to offer direct financial assistance, we have compiled this list of financial assistance resources for brain tumor patients, families, and caregivers. For more information, talk with your navigator or hospital social worker.


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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.