New York, NY (PRWEB) January 05, 2013
On January 5, Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC) reacts to the efforts of cancer survivor Greg Cantwell, who is mentoring people who are fighting cancer.
As a survivor of brain cancer himself, Greg Cantwell is familiar with the feeling of despair that can come with being diagnosed with cancer. “He was given a five percent chance of surviving more than two years with the deadliest type of brain tumor, glioblastoma multiforme,” stated an article from USA Today. Nine years later, Cantwell is alive and offering one-on-one mentoring for others that have been diagnosed with life-threatening forms of cancer.
According to the article, Cantwell doesn’t get paid; he merely offers help to those who need it. His website, http://www.gregsmission.org, is a perfect example of his positive attitude towards fighting cancer, reports the article. The article states that although doctors, along with textbooks, say that his tumor has a 100 percent chance of returning, Cantwell claims he refuses to believe that. He remains positive, just as he remained positive about the five percent statistic that was given to him nine years ago.
When he mentors other cancer patients, he tells them “You are not a statistic... You are a patient, not a diagnosis.”
Scott Darrohn, a spokesperson for VABC, applauded Cantwell’s positive attitude towards his battle with cancer. “It can be beneficial for patients to have this attitude regarding their diagnosis,” Darrohn said. “It may be difficult but I believe having a positive attitude and helping others is a great way to cope with a cancer diagnosis.”
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 afflicted with this devastating disease.
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