Voices Against Brain Cancer Comments on Brain Tumor Run and Walk

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Voices Against Brain Cancer offers comment on an article published by the Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch describing the motivation behind a 5K race and walk in commemoration of Marianne Bridges’ family members who died of a brain cancer.

On March 11, Voices Against Brain Cancer (VBAC) comments on an article published by the Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch describing the motivation behind Marianne Bridges' participation in a 5K run and walk, in commemoration of her family members who died of brain cancer.

D’Ann White’s Bloomindgale-Riverview Patch article spotlights Bridges, who was the leading fundraiser for the 2013 Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Tampa Run & Walk. According to the article, Bridges lost her mother and two brothers to glioblastoma, all within four years. It is reported that Bridges’ participation in the 5K run and walk is in memory to her lost family members.

The article briefly outlines how Bridges' family was diagnosed, suffered, and ultimately succumbed to their respective brain tumors. Bridges expressed her disbelief and remorse at the unfortunate chain of events that befell to her family. The article states that, in response to the tragedies, Bridges felt inspired to join the American Brain Tumor Association as a means to do something to combat the disease that took her family. Bridges is said to be continuing her efforts to raise awareness and funding for research.

Michael Klipper, chairman of VABC, comments on Bridge’s dedication to the memory of her family. “When somebody has to endure losing a family member to brain cancer, it’s an incredibly trying ordeal. In the case of Marianne Bridges, there is no doubt that her loss was amplified by the fact that she lost so many close family members in so short a period of time. Lesser people could have easily given in to the despair at such devastating loss – but Bridges rose, steeled her resolve, and decided to stand up against the disease that plagued her family. We have to believe that if people continue to adopt the kind of resolve and commitment that Bridges has demonstrated, there is hope to overcome the threat of deadly conditions like glioblastoma.”

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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