Seattle, WA (PRWEB) September 17, 2012
The Chris Elliott Fund (CEF)/The Elliott Foundation (TEF) will again be partnering with the Seattle Brain Cancer Walk for the 5th annual Walk on Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 at the Seattle Center. In addition to being a Partner of the Walk, CEF’s walking team will be joining Team Defeat Goliath and Team Warriors4Dad, to support brain cancer research and patient care.
Donations made directly to Team CEF, Defeat Goliath or Warriers4Dad will go directly to Chris Elliott Fund’s Integrative Patient Support Program at The Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment within the Swedish Neuroscience Institute. This program is part of CEF’s mission to end brain cancer by improving outcomes of those diagnosed with brain tumors through critical and timely information and access that saves/extends lives. The program consists of dedicated social worker Stacie Beam-Bruce, who meets with patients and caregivers to take care of the unique demands of a brain cancer patient.
Team Defeat Goliath’s captain, and brain cancer survivor, David Heyting and Team Warriors4Dad’s captain Maria Barrett are inspirations to the brain cancer community and share the same goals for dedicated support and care as CEF.
After undergoing successful treatment of his cancer Defeat Goliath’s Heyting has sought to make a difference to those being affected by the disease, “After living with a brain tumor, I think it is vital to support and let people know that they are not alone and that there are people who will hold them up when things get tough,” says Heyting, “There is support out there, you are not on an island, there are people out there dealing with similar issues who can and want to help!”
Warriors4Dad captain Barrett will be walking with her team as warriors for her father Ed Elston currently battling brain cancer. Barrett, also the Health and Information Concierge at CEF, knows through first-hand experience the value of dedicated patient care, “My dad’s battle with brain cancer has brought about an awareness of this disease on a magnitude that has changed my life forever,” says Barrett “the impact of a dedicated patient advocate for a brain tumor patient cannot be underestimated, it can make every difference and I see that impact on a daily basis.”
“The Chris Elliott Fund and I are proud again this year to put together a team for this event,” says CEF’s co-founder and president Dellann Elliott. “This is the 4th year in a row that we’ve participated, raising over $80,000 directly for our Integrative Patient Support Program in Seattle at the Ivy Center, we are delighted to be walking again raising much needed awareness about this disease alongside our other efforts, hosting free patient support conferences and assisting patients everyday through advocacy and awareness, as our goal is to EndBrainCancer through our efforts and those like the Seattle Brain Cancer Walk.”
Team CEF/Defeat Goliath/Warriors4Dad’s hope is to raise $35,000 at this year’s walk for the Integrative Patient Support Program and gather 150 walkers to join their teams. Registration is $25 which includes a T-shirt and the Swedish Foundation admin fees. Donate to Team CEF’s cause by registering for the walk and making an additional donation directly to the Team CEF/Defeat Goliath. Register for the team at http://community.swedish.org/walking4CEF.
Join CEF the day before the Walk for the 1st Annual Brains Matter Patient and Caregiver Conference and Awareness Day, Friday September 21st at Gilda's Club Seattle. http://www.chriselliottfund.org/brainsmatter.html
About CEF and The Fund’s Integrative Patient Support Program at the Ivy Center:
The Elliott Foundation (TEF)/The Chris Elliott Fund is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with corporate offices in Seattle, WA whose goal is to EndBrainCancer. Formerly known as the Chris Elliott Fund, CEF’s goal is to end brain cancer through patient advocacy, awareness, education and research. This is being done through immediate focus on improving outcomes of those diagnosed with brain tumors by providing critical and timely information/access that saves and extends lives, and improves the day-to-day lives of those living with the disease. The Integrative Patient Support Program at the Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment consists of dedicated social worker Stacie Bearn-Bruce to meet patients and caregivers to take care of the unique demands of a brain cancer patient like insurance coverage for treatment, transportation and childcare needs, working with an employer about the disease, etc. as well as a Resource Guide for every brain tumor patient. http://www.EndBrainCancer.com
About David Heyting and Team Defeat Goliath:
After being diagnosed with a brain tumor on November 15th, 2011 David has been through an extraordinary journey of treatment and discovery. Since diagnosis in 2011, David underwent treatment with successful results. After conquering his own battle with Goliath (the nickname he gave his brain tumor) he hopes to impact the brain cancer community by actively supporting brain cancer patients, recognizing how invaluable the support is for those impacted by this type of cancer. This is Team Defeat Goliath’s second walk this year, raising over $4,000 to date for brain cancer research and care in the Pacific Northwest. http://www.defeatgoliath.org
About Maria Barrett and Team Warriors4Dad:
Maria is the Health Information Concierge at CEF and a brain cancer warrior for her father Ed Elston who was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme on November 4th, 2011. Elston’s supporters include Barrett, her mother, 3 brothers, 9 grandchildren, and many more extended family members and friends who walk as Warriors right alongside Ed in his battle with brain cancer. As both a brain cancer warrior and health services provider for brain cancer patients nationwide, she walks in hopes to bring about more awareness for brain cancer care and research. Progress and registration for Team Warriors4Dad can be found at the Team’s page on the Seattle Brain Cancer Team page: http://community.swedish.org/Warriors4dad
About The Seattle Brain Cancer Walk:
Founded in 2008 by a group of committed volunteers and families, the Seattle Brain Cancer Walk has raised over $1.8 million for research, clinical trials, and comprehensive/integrated care for brain cancer patients. The walk is a national fundraising event to raise brain cancer awareness and fund brain cancer research, treatment and comprehensive care for families, adults, and children in the Pacific Northwest. This year’s walk partners include the Chris Elliott Fund, the Institute for Systems Biology, and the Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment/Swedish Neuroscience Center. 100% of the proceeds go directly to patient care and research. The event will be held September 22nd, 2012 at the Seattle Center. http://www.braincancerwalk.org.