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With 1 in 468 people living with a brain tumor, everyone knows someone impacted. And for us, it’s closer than ever.

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Read Brandon’s Story

Brandon’s Story

In the midst of the 2020 pandemic, Brandon, a father of two, was diagnosed with a recurrence of Anaplastic Astrocytoma. While sheltering in place and trying to navigate an already overwhelming crisis, Brandon’s diagnoses hit him and his family hard. 

“When our goal is to protect ourselves from this virus and do everything we can to stay away from the hospital, I’m walking into the hospital, once again,” he said. Despite the risks associated with visiting medical facilities, Brandon began active treatment as part of a clinical trial. Since, he’s seen some positive signs, fueling him and his family’s strength to continue fighting. 

However, there’s no ignoring the sudden challenges COVID-19 has posed for his treatment and countless others. “This pandemic has hampered ongoing fundraising efforts of the ABTA. The ABTA needs to keep going. The ABTA was there for me during my initial diagnosis in 2011, and is here for me again. Their commitment never wavers,” he said.

“Please don’t let this pandemic overshadow the urgent needs of brain tumor patients and the researchers who devote their life’s work to discovering a future where not one life is lost to a brain tumor. The ABTA needs our help, and we need the ABTA.”

Now more than ever, the ABTA needs your support.

Read Yessenia’s Story

Yessenia’s Story

In June of 2020, Yessenia was walking her dogs with her husband when she felt a weird sensation in her body. The next thing she remembered? Waking up in the hospital and learning she had a seizure. Doctors concluded she simply fainted because of her pregnancy. 

Just two weeks later, Yessenia had another seizure. The doctors again tried to dismiss this episode as a side effect of pregnancy. Yessenia and her family demanded an MRI. The results: a lemon-sized tumor in her right frontal lobe and brain bleeding. Diagnosis: an anaplastic astrocytoma, grade III brain cancer.

After surgery, Yessenia faced even more challenges. With COVID-19 forcing the world into lockdown, she tackled recovery by herself. Unable to walk on her own and move the left side of her body, Yessenia endured weeks of intense physical therapy.  

Doctors also broke the horrifying news that in order to continue standard of care treatment (and save her life), Yessenia would have to terminate her pregnancy. Yessenia and her husband were devastated. Yessenia then persisted through six weeks of daily radiation treatment. 

While looking for brain cancer support resources, Yessenia found the ABTA’s free mentor matching service, CommYOUnity™ Connect. Yessenia was matched with a long-time survivor. “I felt this peace when I talked to her (her mentor),” she said. “There’s somebody out there who’s lived for years with this, who has so much hope. I felt so much better after I talked to her.”

Yessenia continues to fight and find strength from the ABTA community. “The more I talk about it, there’s more healing. Just to know there’s hope there.”

Now more than ever, the ABTA needs your support.

Read Brian’s Story

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Brian’s Story

Thanksgiving 2018, Brian was at work when he received a phone call he’ll never forget. His father Ken was diagnosed with Glioblastoma (GBM), grade IV brain cancer. Doctors gave him only 15 months to live.

“I was in shock,” Brian said. “I immediately googled GBM while I was at work. I was crying, having childhood flashbacks about all the moments we had together.” Thankfully Ken’s chemotherapy treatment helped him well surpass the 15 month milestone.

Then in 2020, the Schwartz family was thrown yet another curve ball when Brian was laid off due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Determined to do good for his family and the world around him, he started his own lawn mowing company, with all proceeds going to non-profits, including the ABTA. 

Brian and his family have continued their support by running in the ABTA’s annual BT5K race, raising money for critical treatment and research.

“Brain tumors can happen to anyone, there’s no rhyme or reason,” said Brian. “Of all things to ever happen to my father… it really can happen to anyone,” Brian tears up.

Now more than ever, the ABTA needs your support.



900 Adults & Children

are diagnosed with a brain tumor everyday and the ABTA is there, answering over 1,000 calls on our CareLine.

Read Billi‘s Story

Billi’s Story

For Billi, mother of three, it all started with some subtle changes physically in her eyes. She felt as though they were “bulging” and “weren’t aligned.” After having an MRI done at her neuro ophthalmologist, they found it – a cauliflower shaped growth entangled in her optic nerve. 

Doctors diagnosed Billi with a Meningioma brain tumor in 2014. “ I fell to my knees crying and my husband supported me,” she said. Overwhelmed with fear and disbelief, Billi was scheduled for emergency surgery, on her son’s birthday no less. She shared her concerns with her son about ruining his special day. Compassionate and understanding, her son pointed out that his birthday is now her “re-birthday”. They’ve celebrated together every year since.

After Billi’s surgery, she came home to start life over again. Her initial recovery was swift, but a year later, she began having temporal lobe seizures, causing extreme fatigue and a constant ringing noise in her ears. Looking for guidance, Billi found the ABTA on social media. “I saw the kinds of things the ABTA was doing and got excited about how I could be involved with the brain tumor community,” she said.

Billi lives a happy and healthy life but in the midst of the 2020 pandemic, she relies on the ABTA for support. “I found the most hope in the community that has come together in so many different ways that we might not have been able to before the pandemic. They have kept me encouraged and inspired.”

Now more than ever, the ABTA needs your support.

Read Sharon’s Story

Sharon’s Story

In July of 1982, Sharon began noticing an inability to complete normal daily tasks, even walking in a straight line was difficult. Concerned for her health, she decided to see a doctor for answers. But after countless appointments, including a visit to her neurologist for a CAT scan, doctors were completely stumped. 

Sharon’s symptoms began to worsen and eventually her doctors ordered another CAT scan. That’s when Sharon’s life changed forever. “A tumor had grown so big that it was causing my problem. I was diagnosed with a Hemangioblastoma,” she said. 

Before Sharon could even process the horrifying news, she had emergency surgery at NYU to remove the tumor. “It went well but it was still very challenging. Coming home, it felt like the steps that went into our house took me a half an hour to climb,” she said.

The road to recovery for Sharon was a daunting one. With no knowledge or information about living with a brain tumor, she turned to the ABTA. “I called the ABTA and received a wealth of information that helped me navigate the brain tumor journey when I had no idea what to expect”, she said.

But Sharon’s fight with brain tumors didn’t end there. In the early 1990’s, she was diagnosed with a second tumor, which thankfully dissipated. “I am grateful to the ABTA for helping me navigate the brain tumor journey over the last 38 years.”

Now more than ever, the ABTA needs your support.

Over 2,000 People

participated in the ABTA’s free
educational programs this year.

$32 Million

investedin research to date with 11 research projects funded this year alone.

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