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Career Development Program Planning Meeting Held at CBTF

By Stacia Wagner
Friday, August 31, 2012
(left to right) Dr. Brad Zebrack, Dr. Deidre O'Sullivan, Dr. David Strauser, Stacia Wagner, Dr. Fong Chan, Ginny Shulman
(left to right) Dr. Brad Zebrack, Dr. Deidre O'Sullivan, Dr. David Strauser, Stacia Wagner, Dr. Fong Chan, Ginny Shulman

Yesterday was the second planning/research meeting for the career development/employment program for young adult brain tumor survivors. We know pediatric brain tumor survivor face a much higher unemployment then their peers and even other childhood cancer survivors. It is our belief that providing a program which gives them career guidance and increases their team building skills will increase the likelihood that they achieve employment which matches their strengths and academic achievements. The program will also increase their self-advocacy and ability to understand and express their strengths and challenges in the workplace. I was thrilled to be surrounded by such brilliant and passionate people who want to assure brain tumor survivors are afforded the opportunities they deserve.

This is a pilot program funded through a Department of Education grant and is a partnership between Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, University of Illinois Champagne-Urbana, University of Michigan, Hunter College, Penn State, University of Wisconsin and Jenna’s Rainbow Foundation. We are thrilled that there are corporations who have expressed an interest in assuring the brain tumor population has equal opportunities in obtaining the jobs they are qualified for. Thank you to HomeGoods and JP Morgan Chase & Co for being two of the leaders in this movement.

If you are unemployed, were diagnosed with a brain tumor before age 18, and live in the New York City area, please contact Stacia Wagner at Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation (866-228-4673 or swagner@cbtf.org). We will have a separate employment website, but updates will also be listed on this page.

(not pictured but vital to the team are Joe Fay, Linda Wachtel, Kayla Giacin, Dr. Elizabeth Cardoso, and Doug Potolsky)

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