Go Gray in May

Come together for Brain Tumor Awareness Month, a month dedicated to supporting, empowering, and amplifying the voice of the brain tumor community.

Go Gray in May

Come together for Brain Tumor Awareness Month, a month dedicated to supporting, empowering, and amplifying the voice of the brain tumor community.

About Brain Tumor Awareness Month

The brain tumor experience is full of extraordinary darkness and extraordinary hope. The gray area that falls in between is what drives us, unrelentingly, toward our mission of conquering and curing brain tumors—once and for all.

This #GrayMay, raise funds and spread awareness to make lasting change for the brain tumor community.

Brain Tumor Awareness Month Proclamation

Congressional resolutions marking Brain Tumor Awareness Month were first passed by Congress in 2008. NBTS continues to work with our volunteer advocates each year to renew these calls for public awareness of brain tumors and to honor everyone who has faced this disease.

The resolutions serve as a commitment to every family who has lost someone and to every American who receives this frightening diagnosis that Congress continues to support research funding as the best means of advancing knowledge and treatment of all brain tumors.

New Brand in Time for Brain Tumor Awareness Month

In recognition of Brain Tumor Awareness Month, NBTS is excited to share our newly refreshed brand. Our hope is that these changes will fuel the brain tumor community to power the critical breakthroughs that lie ahead.

National Brain Tumor Society Logo

Our new logo is not a brain, exactly. It’s the complex labyrinth that a patient and caregiver face along the brain tumor experience. It’s the winding path of a treatment from an abstract idea to a clinical trial to the development and delivery of treatments that better manage disease and cure it. It’s the embrace of a community that comes together to support each other and advocate for real, tangible change. It’s an organization that will stop at nothing to find a cure and better quality of life for brain tumor patients and their loved ones.

Gray May fast facts

Why do we go gray in May? Here’s a quick snapshot of where we are in our mission to conquer and cure brain tumors:

  • An estimated 700,000 Americans are living with a primary brain tumor.
  • An estimated 88,970 people will receive a primary brain tumor diagnosis in 2022.
  • Approximately 71% of all brain tumors are benign and approximately 29% are malignant.
  • The five-year relative survival rate for all malignant brain tumor patients is only 35.6%.
  • An estimated 18,200 people will die from a malignant brain tumor in 2022.
  • Brain tumors are the most common solid cancer in people ages 19 and younger in the United States.
  • 13,657 children are estimated to be living with a primary brain tumor in the United States.
  • Pediatric brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related death among children and adolescents ages 19 and younger in the United States.
  • Approximately 31,299 adolescents and young adults are estimated to be living with a brain tumor in the United States.
  • Approximately 80% of cancers have been associated with the ability to metastasize to the brain.
  • For glioblastoma, the five-year relative survival rate is only 6.8% and the median survival rate is only eight months.
  • More than any other cancer, brain tumors can have lasting and life-altering physical, cognitive, and psychological impacts on a patient’s life.
  • Despite the number of brain tumors, and their devastating prognosis, there are only five FDA approved drugs – and one device – to treat brain tumors.

Ways To Support

TAKE ACTION

We are working tirelessly to make real, tangible progress in the fight to conquer and cure brain tumors. This #GrayMay, take action to propel research and treatments forward.

RAISE AWARENESS

Your voice matters. Raise awareness by sharing your story, and show others that they are not alone.

MAKE A GIFT

Thanks to our generous corporate partner Stryker, all gifts will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $25,000 throughout Gray May. Your gift will have an immediate impact on the important work underway to conquer and cure brain tumors—once and for all.