New York, NY (PRWEB) March 06, 2013
On March 6, Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC) offered support to Connecticut Rep. Elaine O’Brien, who was diagnosed with brain cancer.
As if the stress of being a state representative wasn’t enough, Elaine O’Brien now has to deal with the additional trauma of fighting cancer, reports an article from the Hartford Courant. “The joy of an Election Day win was offset by health problems. The Suffield Democrat was able to attend the legislature's opening day, but missed the governor's budget address, and a brain cancer diagnosis, two surgeries and chemotherapy and radiation treatments left her with little time to propose any bills.”
Regardless of her diagnosis, O’Brien states that her duties as a representative have still taken up a large part of her time. Less than two weeks after she had a surgery to remove a second brain tumor that doctors found, she was back at Hartford for a legislative session. She still has to undergo radiation treatment and chemotherapy, says the article, but O'Brien said the entire experience has left her with a better understanding of friendship and kindness.
Michael Klipper, Chairman of VABC, was impressed by O’Brien’s commitment to her job amid her battle with cancer. “While a lot of people would find it easy to give up on their career as they fought cancer, O’Brien has done the opposite, and it’s very inspiring,” he said.
Klipper also said that he hopes O’Brien will not get too caught up in her work. “Work can be an effective distraction, but it is also important to remember to cherish the moments you have with family and friends,” 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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