It is our opportunity to Honor, Learn, and Act

Often referred to as a monster of a disease, GBM takes so much from those that are affected – patients, families, caregivers, and loved ones. In the face of a glioblastoma diagnosis, families rely on love, hope, and the promise that research is advancing toward a cure. Every patient and family is different, each with their own journey, but all deserve recognition and action to defeat GBM. The annual Glioblastoma Awareness Day in the United States allows everyone to take one day to honor these patients, those we’ve lost, and their families.

About GBM Awareness Day

Glioblastoma, though it affects thousands of families each year, is technically a rare disease. As such, it has received little of the same national attention as other, more prevalent cancers. However, this cancer entered into the national consciousness when Senator John McCain became the second prominent member of the United States Senate (following the passing of Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy in 2009) to die from glioblastoma in 2018. Though McCain was a conservative Republican from the southwest and Kennedy a liberal Democrat from the northeast, these two always shared a close bond in life, and, sadly, are now bonded in their passing from a GBM.

“When Senator John McCain passed away from glioblastoma in August 2018, the National Brain Tumor Society said that if there was to be any upshot to this difficult news, it was that losing another great individual to this disease would be a spark for the country to come together ‘in a concerted effort, with renewed vigor, to pave the road toward a future of more effective treatments and ultimately a cure.’ We asked that this ‘Be the moment in our history that we decide to collectively take on glioblastoma and brain tumors with the same earnest with which we dedicate to our other national ills.’”

David Arons, CEO, National Brain Tumor Society

This unfortunate coincidence led the National Brain Tumor Society, a nonprofit patient advocacy group, to reach out to a bipartisan group of Senators to champion an effort to increase public awareness for this disease, as well as set a day every year where the country could come together – across political divides – to commemorate, honor and support those we’ve lost to this disease and those still facing its dire prognosis, along with all their loved ones and caregivers. Initially established by a Senate resolution in 2019, and introduced through a Senate and House resolution in 2020, GBM Awareness Day is now a national day of giving and action for glioblastoma research, treatments, and care.

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