Children's Brain Tumor Foundation Hosts First Ever Family-2-Family Campference October 14 in New York City

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Real Housewife of New Jersey Kathy Wakile to Speak about Her Family's Struggle; International Licensing Industry Merchandiser's Association (LIMA) Is Event Sponsor

Combining the profound bonding of a summer camp with the critical information-sharing and connection-building of a conference, the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation (CBTF) will host the first ever Family-2-Family Campference on Sunday, October 14, 2012, at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City.

The International Licensing Industry Merchandiser's Association (LIMA) is sponsoring the event.

Kathy Wakile, star of Bravo's hit TV show, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, will be at the Campference to talk about her experience with her daughter's tumor and surgery.

Family-2-Family Campference is a unique chance for every member of CBTF’s national family—moms, dads, kids, survivors and the bereaved—to learn from experts and, most importantly, each other about the challenges and experiences they face while coping with a brain tumor diagnosis and moving forward through their own personal journeys. CBTF is the national leader in connecting families to other families and providing the professional help they need when living with pediatric brain tumors. Providing a physical platform for these families to meet and interact allows them to form an even stronger network of support.

Highlights of the Family-2-Family Campference include:

•Real-life knowledge sharing, learning and support from families
•The latest information from experts in the medical field, including: doctors, nurses, neuropsychologists, social workers, psychologists, child life specialists and teachers
•Fun, friendships and the emotional connection of indoor “campfire” activities
•Motivational speakers

“They say that it takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to light the way for a family whose child faces such a challenging disease,” said Robert M. Budlow, CBTF President. “The Family-2-Family Campference connects families, doctors and the greater community to create a unified front with one mission and one voice in the fight against pediatric brain tumors.”

“The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) is proud to sponsor the CBTF Campference, a very meaningful event that will help families learn and share experiences about the challenges they face when living with pediatric brain tumors,” said Charles M. Riotto, President of LIMA. “CBTF is a wonderful organization. The Campference is one of the many invaluable services they provide to help build a brighter future for these children and their families.”

The Family-2-Family Campference will take place on Sunday, October 14 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. The New York Academy of Medicine is located at 1216 5th Avenue, between 103rd and 104th Streets.

About the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation
The Children's Brain Tumor Foundation (CBTF) was founded in 1988 by a group of parents, physicians and friends to improve the treatment, quality of life and the long term outlook for children with brain and spinal cord tumors through research support, education, and advocacy to families and survivors. CBTF’s goal is to ensure parents and children know they are not alone in their struggle. Now in its 24th year, CBTF serves children and families nationwide with expert information, a toll-free hotline staffed by pediatric oncology social workers, survivor program, and parent networking. More information can be found at

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