Brain Cancer Research Group, Voices Against Brain Cancer, Announces the Success of Hoops With The Hansbroughs

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Voices Against Brain Cancer, a brain cancer research organization, responds to an article published by which announces the success of its Hoops With The Hansbroughs event that paid tribute to brain cancer survivors.

On March 19, the brain cancer research and advocacy organization, Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC), responds to an article on proclaiming the success of its inaugural “Hoops With The Hansbroughs” event on March 14.

The article summarizes the event which honored Greg Hansbrough, the older brother of two top Indiana Pacers players, Tyler and Ben Hansbrough. At age 7, Greg was diagnosed with brain cancer and underwent surgery to have the tumor removed. After the surgery, he had to re-learn to walk, talk and perform many motor skills . It was due in large part to Greg’s persistence and strength that the other Hansbroughs wanted to help VABC create an event honoring brain cancer survivors and doctors.

Michael Klipper, chairman of VABC, says the Hansbrough brothers were an inspiration to everyone at the event. “Brain cancer is a difficult thing to endure and overcome,” he says. “Brain tumors are the leading cause of tumor cancer death in children, according to brain cancer research. Survivors don't have it easy, either; it’s almost impossible to get back on your feet without the support of family and friends.. Tyler and Ben are professional basketball players, but they still honor their brother as often as they can. When we reached out to them, they were more than willing to help out. It’s really amazing to see them celebrate life and lend their support to our cause.”

Klipper says the event was a hit. “We had over 100 attendees and everyone seemed to enjoy the silent auction items,” he says. “We raised a lot of money for the foundation and the kids enjoyed playing basketball with the Hansbroughs and other members of the Indiana Pacers. Survival should be celebrated, and that’s what we were trying to do with the event.”

The event also paid tribute to doctors from the Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center at Indiana University who helped treat some of the brain cancer patients in attendance. Klipper says Patrick J. Loehrer, Sr., MD, Edward Dropcho, MD and Stephanie A. Wagner, MD were recognized for their strides in treating brain cancer patients.

“We also wanted to celebrate the doctors who lend their lives to saving others,” Klipper says. “Without excellent doctors, we would not see the same degree of success as we do in current treatment.”

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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