Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC) Comments on “Day of Giving,” Inspired By One Boy’s Close Call With Brain Cancer

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On September 12, 2012, nonprofit organization, Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC), released a statement after a young boy’s close call with brain cancer inspired his family to promote what they are calling a “Day of Giving.”

According to Fred Swegels, a San Clemente, CA reporter, Chase Hale is the youngest of three children. “One night in 2006, the family came so close to losing the then 5-year-old to a lemon-size, undiagnosed brain tumor that doctors said he could have stopped breathing in his sleep that night and the Hales never would have known what hit them.” Six years ago, doctors performed emergency surgery that to remove the tumor and administer chemotherapy on order to relieve pressure on Hale’s spinal cord. Hale has been in remission since 2008.

Stephanie and Sloan Hale, Chase’s parents, hope that on September 15, individuals touched by brain cancer will participate in what they are calling the “Chase Hales Family Day of Giving.” Stephanie plans to pick up litter on the beach in San Clemente and Chantal Hales has led a family project to restore a map of the United States on the school's blacktop.

The Hales family created a Facebook page titled “The Chase Hales Family Day of Giving” in hopes that it will become an annual occurrence and a day for people to count their blessings and give back. Swegels says, “Stephanie Hales said the Facebook page could be a legacy for Chase, nudging others to appreciate what they have and to help others.”

Clay Darrohn, VABC representative, says, “For all of the hardships that those affected by this devastating disease face, we at VABC commend the Hale family for their goal of uniting people through charity, kindness, and optimism.”

VABC has a wide variety of initiatives in place for brain cancer research, awareness and support. Their 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.

Voices Against Brain Cancer’s mission is to help find for a cure for brain cancer and brain tumors by advancing scientific research, building up awareness within the medical community and supporting patients, their families and caregivers that have been affected by this devastating and tragic illness. For additional information please visit: voicesagainstbraincancer.org.

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