Voices Against Brain Cancer Responds to Woman’s Contribution to Brain Cancer Research

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VABC applauds Nazanin Sharif-Fard for her unique contribution to cancer research in response to her sister’s brain tumor

On February 27, Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC) commends a California woman for her efforts to support brain cancer research after her sister died of a brain tumor.

According to an article from the San Rafael Patch, Noushin Sharif-Murphy of San Rafael, California died of a brain tumor this past July. Her sister, Nazanin Sharif-Fard of Novato, was moved to take action after her sister’s death. A knitter for 20 years, Sharif-Fard had the modest idea of knitting prayer shawl books and donating some of the proceeds to brain cancer research. Since then, “Marin County Knitters have donated their time by knitting shawls for a knitting book, and 50 percent of the proceeds will go toward cancer research at UC San Francisco.”

Sharif-Fard has found ample support for her cause, reports the article. Three different yarn companies have donated materials for her project and she also has two friends – cancer survivors – to help her knit and design the shawl books.

Chairman of VABC, Michael Klipper, comments on Sharif-Fard's efforts, applauding her awareness-raising and support of brain cancer research. “Advancements in brain cancer research are of the utmost importance,” he said. “That is the whole reason we try to raise awareness, to help fund cancer research centers.”

Klipper added that Sharif-Fard’s example shows people just how easy it is to make a difference. “We may not all be doctors and scientists, but we do all have skills that can be used in some way to fight cancer. Even if it’s just a tiny contribution, it is still significant,” he said.

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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