Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC) Comments on One Family’s Push for a Brain Tumor Awareness Stamp

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Following reports of a family’s efforts to raise awareness about brain tumors, VABC releases a statement supporting a petition for a U.S. Postal Stamp.

On September 20, 2012, nonprofit organization Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC) released a statement in response to one family’s efforts to push for a brain tumor awareness postal stamp.

According to ABC 7, “Drew McAlear was born and raised in Naples, [Florida.]. He played saxophone in the Gulf Coast High School marching band, never missing a practice.” The report goes on to state, “He was diagnosed Glioblastoma Multiforme in 2011. He bravely battled the brain cancer for a year, but lost his struggle in May 2012, just a few weeks shy of completing his junior year of high school. Drew was just 16 years old.”

“According to Drew's parents, Doug and Joy, one of Drew's goals was to spread awareness about brain tumors. That's why they are now pushing a Brain Tumor Awareness Stamp,” reports ABC 7.

VABC representative, Clay Darrohn, states, “VABC believes in the McAlear family’s mission to raise awareness about brain tumors. We also believe that by raising awareness for those who are dealing with this devastating disease, we are doing our best to support those suffering.”

VABC has a wide variety of initiatives in place for brain cancer research, awareness and support. The 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 afflicted with this devastating disease.

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