PHOTO: Brain Tumor survivor Tara Mitchell, is helping to spearhead the inaugural National Brain Tumor Society Walk in New Jersey on April 2, on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. Sponsors and volunteers are sought for this event.
RED BANK, NJ - Volunteers, sponsors of the first Brain Tumor Society Walk are sought to help make this first time event in New Jersey a success. The event is scheduled to take place at the Asbury Park Boardwalk on April 2, it is being sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson and News 12. For specific information visit: http://events.braintumor.org/central-new-jersey-brain-tumor-walk/.
According to the National Brain Tumor Society, nearly 700,000 people the United States are living with a primary brain tumor and an estimated 69,000 will receive this devastating diagnosis this year, with more than 4,000 being children.
One of those children was Old Bridge resident Tara Mitchell. In the early part of her senior year in high school, she began to suffer unbearable headaches and double vision. A shocking diagnosis revealed a brain tumor which required several surgeries and yet stubbornly returned.
Coming to terms with her new reality, Tara explains, “I've become accepting of the cards I've been dealt and am doing what I can to make the most of them. My fire is lit and my fight will never end.”
That fire led her to become involved with the National Brain Tumor Society where she functioned as the acting Volunteer Chairperson for its New York City Walk. That experience tasked her to help spearhead a walk in her home state. She chose Asbury Park, as a young woman who is drawn to the shore area and hopes to find participation with many of her peers. She knows that there are many people similarly afflicted by brain tumors and hopes they, as well as their family, friends and all members of the public will come out to support this cause.
According to the National Brain Tumor Society, brain tumors do not discriminate and can affect anyone regardless of race, age, or gender. Brain tumors are often deadly, impact the quality of life, and change everything for patients and their loved ones. With only four (4) FDA-approved therapies today, treatment options for patients are limited and no cure exists.
“Receiving a brain tumor diagnosis is a life-altering moment for patients and their loved ones,” said David Arons, Chief Executive Officer, National Brain Tumor Society. “The prognosis for this patient population is often devastating, but there is hope on the horizon. Every dollar raised allows us to continue funding vital research and policy initiatives to accelerate the discovery of new scientific breakthroughs and increase the availability of more and better treatments for patients.”
National Brain Tumor Society is the only brain tumor organization to fully integrate research and public policy initiatives; partner with leading experts in academia, industry, and government to understand current challenges; and identify opportunities for scientific advancement and collaboration. Additionally, as part of its work to find a cure, the National Brain Tumor Society mobilizes volunteer advocates across the country to raise awareness and support for public policies which aim to strengthen research and provide access to essential health care for all those affected by brain tumors.
Individuals looking to support the brain tumor cause and help increase awareness beyond this event can take action by becoming an advocate, making a gift, hosting a community event, or sharing their personal experiences. Learn more at www.braintumor.org/takeaction