Voices Against Brain Cancer Releases Statement About the Importance of Community Support For Those Battling Brain Cancer

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Following reports of a community coming together to support a 5-year-old brain cancer patient, Voices Against Brain Cancer releases a statement emphasizing the importance of community support for those battling the disease.

Today, nonprofit organization Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC) releases a statement following one community’s efforts to come together and help a 5-year-old brain cancer patient celebrate the holidays.

According to News Advance writer Barrett Mohrmann, “Five-year-old Nathan Norman’s wide grin would never reveal his battle with cancer. He plays, jumps and chases like other children, but since the age of 2, Nathan has struggled with brain cancer.” On Saturday, October 6, 2012, two of the Norman family’s former foster children organized a party for Nathan. Jessica Johnson and Tasha Jacynyk squeezed in all the holidays of the year into a few hours — including Nathan’s favorite, Christmas. “Children arrived in Halloween costumes, waiting to have their faces painted. Johnson and Jacynyk, dressed as St. Patrick’s Day leprechauns, led them into a large room decorated in Christmas lights. Santa and Mrs. Claus waited to hear their Christmas wishes.”

VABC representative, Clay Darrohn, states, “The efforts of Jessica Johnson and Tasha Jacynyk speak to an important aspect of what VABC believes in. We are supporters of research and treatments for this devastating disease, but also understand how important it is to offer support to those affected by it as well. It is our belief that support from friends and family is essential.”

VABC has a wide variety of initiatives in place for brain cancer research, awareness and support. The organization’s research grants fund cutting-edge research programs that will have a monumental impact on the diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer. VABC currently funds research at several esteemed institutions such as Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cleveland Clinic, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, John Hopkins, Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Yale, to name a few.

VABC's mission is to find a cure for brain cancer by advancing scientific research, increasing awareness within the medical community and supporting patients, their families and caregivers that have to deal with this horrible disease.

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