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By Stacia Wagner
Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wow! What a busy week for CBTF families. On one of the hottest weeks of the summer, families showed their dedication to community building by coming to the Mets game and the Kids Cruise.

On Thursday, July 21st, Gary McCann arranged the 2nd Annual Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation Met’s Bus Trip. Gary is the father of a long term survivor. He brought 70 people from the Glenmont, NY area to the Mets vs Cardinal game. He provided 20 extra tickets so survivors, parents and patients could attend the game. On the road trip down, he raffled Mets memorabilia to make extra money. What a creative and fun way to raise money for programs at CBTF. Despite the Mets loss, we had a great time. Thanks so much Gary!

If you are interested in holding a fundraising event, call Rachel Greenstein at 212-448-9494.

We followed this event with the 11th Annual Kids Cruise. In addition to sponsoring the event, The Mark R. Harris Foundation is a vital part of the volunteer team. Over 350 CBTF family members, volunteers and staff took a three hour cruise around Manhattan. While the boat is sailing, there are dance contests, art projects, face painting, and pirate visits The Cruise offers a great chance for families to meet other families who share in the brain tumor journey. It also is a chance to showcase what a great community it is. We are surrounded by people who want to give back in so many ways. The young adult survivors and teens did everything from handing out t-shirts, encouraging dancing, cleaning up, providing peer support and assured everyone was having a great time. The nurses from MSKCC volunteer their medical expertise (thank goodness we didn’t need any emergency help). Two of the nurse’s daughters lent their artistic talent by creating and running an art project. The CBTF Young Professionals Group volunteered in a million ways. And dozens of other volunteers lent valuable services to assure the trip went smoothly. Thank you to all of the volunteers, families and especially The Mark R. Harris Foundation.

Stay tuned for more CBTF events.

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