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GO GRAY FOR MAY

By Kayla Giacin
Thursday, May 10, 2012

    As many of you are aware, May is brain tumor awareness month.  You may have been following our facts of the day on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter or might have boasted gray yourself either through the clothes you wear, a picture you share or by sharing your knowledge known from having dealt with a brain tumor.

Some facts about brain tumors:

  • Did you know that there are over 120 different types of brain tumors (according to the World Health Organization) and that is one of the reasons that treatment is so difficult.
  • Each year approximately 210,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor. That's over 575 people a day.
  • Brain tumors in children are different from those in adults and are often treated differently. Although over 72% percent of children with brain tumors will survive, they are often left with long-term side effects.

These are just a few facts about brain tumors that can be shared to spread knowledge among those who might not know much about the topic.

In addition to our facts of the day, CBTF staff has decided to advocate on May 16th by wearing gray to work and to also have as many people who would like, to join us by wearing gray at home, work, school. We encourage you all to send us pictures so we can share your advocacy with others!

This is an important time for many of us who have dealt with a brain tumor in any capacity and our hopes are that this burst of activity surrounding brain tumors will spread so that people continue to become informed and advocate long after the month of May is over.

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