Voices Against Brain Cancer Commends Blitz the Hawk for Bringing Joy to Pediatric Brain Cancer Patients

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Voices Against Brain Cancer, an organization dedicated to brain cancer research and advocacy, applauds Seattle Seahawks Mascot Blitz the Hawk for delivering high-fives and hugs to pediatric brain cancer patients.

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Voices Against Brain Cancer, an organization dedicated to brain cancer research, commends the Seattle Seahawks’ mascot, Blitz the Hawk, for reaching out to pediatric brain cancer patients.

According to the January 17, 2014 article published by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center titled “Seahawks’ mascot cheers on kids with brain cancer,” Blitz, the Seattle Seahawks’ beloved mascot, has been spending his time bringing joy to children fighting brain cancer.

Max Hanson, a senior at Seattle Preparatory School and self-described “football nerd,” was truly touched by the NFL mascot’s visit to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Hanson was first diagnosed at the age of eight after experiencing searing headaches. CT scans showed that Hanson had medulloblastoma, an aggressive and malignant brain tumor. He went on to have surgery and had to relearn how to everyday tasks like walking. Thankfully, Hanson is now a senior and serves as the mascot for his high school team. He credits his inspiration to Blitz.

Michael Klipper, Chairman of Voices Against Brain Cancer, an organization dedicated to brain cancer research and advocacy, explain why visits by Blitz mean so much to the pediatric brain cancer patients. “Unfortunately, most of these children’s days are filled with tests, pain, nausea, etc,” he says. “Having something to look forward to, like a visit from the Seattle Seahawks’ mascot, makes every painful test or treatment that much more bearable. Hats off to Blitz and good luck to the Seattle Seahawks in the Big Game this weekend!”

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, Johns 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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