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Raise Your Voice Program: Section 1 – Introduction and Welcome to VABC

Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC) was started in loving memory of Gary Lichtenstein, who lost his valiant battle against brain cancer on October 1, 2003. Gary was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive type of brain tumor, in March 2003, at the age of 24. Our mission is to find a cure for brain cancer by advancing scientific research, increasing awareness within the medical community and supporting patients and families afflicted by this disease. This binder has been created to give you—the patients and caregivers—an understanding of what a brain tumor diagnosis means and how you can fight and overcome this disease. We have included information on diagnosis to prognosis to social support systems in the area—it is our hope that no one will have to face this disease alone. VABC would like to welcome you to our community where you can channel your energy into positive initiatives to fight brain cancer, speak with people who have been through what you are going through and learn more about living with brain cancer. We envision a community in which people can connect and share resources in order to get through this illness.

For more information on Voices Against Brain Cancer and how you can help contribute to the cause, please browse the website or email us atinfo@voicesagainstbraincancer.org.

VABC funds the Columbia University Medical Center Neurological Institute Brain Tumor Center’s (BTC) various research programs. In addition, to ensure that current studies are moving forward, VABC has agreed to fund clinical studies on generic medicines that show promise in the laboratory in inhibiting brain tumor growth. The BTC is led by Dr. Steven Rosenfeld, who dedicated his medical career to brain cancer after his mother passed away from the disease in 1978. After completing his medical studies, Dr. Rosenfeld became the Director of the Brain Tumor Program at the University of Alabama in 1995, and presided over an expansion of the program to national  prominence. Dr. Rosenfeld is also Columbia University’s Head of Neuro-Oncology (the study of brain tumors) and a Fellow of the American Neurological Association. Suffice to say, Columbia University’s BTC is one of the foremost centers of research and treatment for brain tumors in the world, and all of the accrued knowledge and expertise of this center will be assisting you in fighting this disease. The BTC is located in the Neurological Institute of New York Building at the Columbia University Medical Center at 710 W. 168th St., on the corner of 168th Street and Fort Washington Avenue. To make an appointment, please call Raisa Perez at (212) 305-1718.

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