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A Thanksgiving Message From David Arons

Published on November 22, 2023 in Leadership Spotlight

This Thanksgiving, and every day, I am grateful for our extraordinary community. Because of supporters like you, NBTS worked unrelentingly in 2023 to drive discoveries toward better treatments and quality of life, provide support and resources to patients and caregivers, and champion the unmet needs of the brain tumor community.  

Thank you for taking action all year to raise critical funds, spread awareness, lend your personal experience, and advocate on behalf of the brain tumor community. Your efforts helped make 2023 a year of profound progress. Thanks to you, we:

  • Added seven new member institutions with world-class investigators to the NBTS DNA Damage Response Consortium to rapidly assess potential treatments for children and adults across seven tumor types.
  • Successfully influenced Congress and secured millions of dollars for brain tumor research through the federal government.
  • Increased the number of patients and care partners served by 34% through our Personalized Support and Navigation team, connecting more patients to experienced neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, clinical trials, and palliative care.
  • Gathered more than 100,000 members of the brain tumor community in person and across digital platforms throughout 2023 to make connections, build relationships, and fundraise to support the research progress and patient-centered services that fuel hope and bring comfort and change.

After you give thanks this Thanksgiving, in whatever form that takes for you and your family, I hope you will join me in supporting NBTS on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28. We still have much work to do, and together, we can conquer and cure brain tumors — once and for all.

Wishing you and yours a peaceful and safe holiday.  

With gratitude,

Support NBTS on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29

David F. Arons, JD
President & Chief Executive Officer
National Brain Tumor Society

P.S. When you make a gift on November 27 or 28, your gift will be TRIPLED, up to $50,000, thanks to the generosity of Deborah Newman Sharpe and Today Is a Good Day Foundation. And throughout November, your gift will be doubled thanks to generous donors Stephen and Ellen Conley and Jim and Peggy Conley, in honor of Stephen’s 20th year of survival after brain tumor surgery

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