MindMatters | January 2020

Bring It

Your Way to Support Brain Tumor Research and Patient Programs A snowmobile race.  Music festivals.  Bowling tournaments.  A wedding.  A graduation.

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In Lieu of Presents

Tuxes, dresses, flowers, and a tall, pretty cake. It’s a wedding between Joey and Haley who started their relationship five years

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January MindMatters

The American Brain Tumor Association has awarded the 2018 Lucien Rubinstein Award to Yekaterina (Katie) Shpanskaya for her project, “Radiomic Discovery

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December MindMatters

Matthew Erickson was diagnosed with a high grade glioma during an ultrasound before birth, but he has defied the odds by his survival.

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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.