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By Wade
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

On Saturday, February 26th, CBTF hosted an event at Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Times Square.  Forty people attended the gathering, comprised mostly of our teen and young adult survivors.  This was the first time our teen and young adult events were held together and the two groups appeared to mesh well.  CBTF recognizes the importance peer support offers to survivors and the benefits of connecting with each other.

We started the afternoon off with the opportunity to catch up with old friends, meet new acquaintances and share in a bite to eat.  With this being my first event, it was a pleasure getting to meet so many welcoming and friendly faces.  Along with myself, there were several others who were first time participants in a CBTF event.  I believe many of the other first timers would agree with me, the warmth, kindness, and open arms were much appreciated and made us all feel welcomed. 

After eating, chatting, and catching up…our group was let loose in Ripley’s Believe It or Not.  Splitting into groups, we headed out on a scavenger hunt, seeking to locate the answers to 10 difficult questions.  My three amazing teammates: Lea, Rosalie, and Michael were fantastic to work with and we shared many laughs and confused glances as we tried to understand some of the more exotic treasures Ripley’s offers its’ guests.  Cameras flashed and laughter flowed as all the groups neared the end of the museum.  On our way out, I felt an overwhelming sense of community, support, and understanding between everyone who attended the event.  The Ripley’s event provided me the opportunity to meet many of the wonderful families CBTF works with and I am so appreciative of the warm welcome I and the other new attendees were offered.  Please check the CBTF website and CBTF Facebook page for future events and opportunities to connect with others who have experienced a brain or spinal cord tumor.  I hope to see you at future events.  

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