October MindMatters

LEARNING, LISTENING AND ‘LEANING IN’ AT THE ABTA 2019 NATIONAL CONFERENCE 

Nearly 600 patients, survivors, caregivers, medical professionals, researchers, and industry representatives attended the American Brain Tumor Association 2019 National Conference – the largest recorded turnout in the ABTA’s history of the national brain tumor meeting.

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ABTA RALLY CAPITOL HILL FOR BRAIN TUMOR RESEARCH

Brain tumor research continues to be underfunded, and the ABTA, representing the voices of the brain tumor community, called on national policymakers to advance federal funding of brain tumor research at the AACR Rally for Medical Research Capitol Hill Day.

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GIVING BACK TO OTHERS AFTER FINDING SUPPORT AND FRIENDSHIP

Michelle Strubeck found a life-long friendship with Caroline Lenher when their loved ones were impacted by a brain tumor, and turned the circumstances brought on by a brain tumor into charitable energies.

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Upcoming Events

October 5, 2019
Regional Patient &
Family Meeting
Boston, MA
October 12, 2019
BT5K
Twin Cities
St. Paul, MN
October 26, 2019
BT5K
Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
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October 26 – November 2, 2019
International Brain Tumour Awareness Week
Join global efforts to increase awareness of brain tumors.

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Mindee Plugues

Member

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

Member

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.