Fund Brain Cancer Research and create brain cancer awareness
* Each year, more than 190,000 people in the United States and 10,000 people in Canada will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. Of these, over 40,000 new cases of primary brain tumor are expected to be diagnosed in the United States in 2005 (1).
* In addition, over 150,000 metastatic brain tumors are expected to be diagnosed (2). Brain tumors are the leading cause of solid tumor cancer death in children under the age of 20, now surpassing acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), and are the third leading cause of cancer death in young adults ages 20-39. Metastatic brain tumors (cancer that spreads from other parts of the body to the brain) occur at some point in 10-15% of people with cancer and are the most common type of brain tumor (3). In the United States, the overall incidence of all primary brain tumors is 14.1 per 100,000 people. There are over 120 different types of brain tumors, making effective treatment very complicated. Brain tumors can be malignant or benign, and in either case can be life threatening.
* Because brain tumors are located at the control center for thought, emotion and movement, their effects can be devastating. At present, standard treatments for brain tumors include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy, used either individually or in combination.
* Brain tumors in children are different from those in adults and are often treated differently. Although as many as 73.3% of children will survive, they are often left with long-term side effects (4).
* Enhancing the quality of life of people with brain tumors requires access to quality specialty care, clinical trials, follow-up care, and rehabilitative services. Improving the outlook for adults and children with brain tumors requires research into their causes and better treatments for brain tumors. Complete and accurate data on all primary brain tumors is needed to provide the foundation for research leading to improved diagnosis and treatment and to investigations of its causes.
1. To help find a cure for Brain Cancer
2. To create community awareness of Brain Cancer among Patients, Family, and Friends
3. Raise money through many different fun activities.
4. To visit many different Cancer patients in different hospitals