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April 2014


PBTF partners with Siemens to deliver hearing aids


Siemens will donate hearing aids and audiology services to patients with brain tumors and other forms of childhood cancer.

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation is partnering with Siemens Hearing Instruments, Inc., to distribute top-of-the-line hearing aids and audiology services to patients with brain tumors and other forms of childhood cancer.

Siemens has committed to an in-kind donation valued at $1 million to the program, which benefits patients who have permanent hearing loss as a result of cancer treatment – a condition known as ototoxicity.

The PBTF and CancerCare will distribute the hearing aids through a network of hospitals, including Children’s National Health System and the University of Texas: MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Community fundraising program launches


Katherine Johnson (right), is using our online fundraising tool to host a gymnastics meet to benefit the PBTF. Her son, Aaron Johnson-Woods (left) is a pediatric brain tumor survivor.

We’re making it easier than ever to host your own fundraiser to help kids with brain tumors!

My Fundraiser is a customizable fundraising tool built into our website. This system makes it simple and convenient for event organizers and individuals to reach out to friends and family to ask for support.

Your personal fundraising page will accept credit card and Pay Pal gifts, and you’ll be able to enter cash and checks received as offline donations.

It’s free and easy to create your own fundraising page.

Visit www.curethekids.org/myfundraiser to get started today!

 

 

 

 


Starry Night lights lanterns of hope


Learn more about Starry Night by visiting mystarrynight.org.

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation will light up the night sky later this year with our new signature event, Starry Night.

The evening run/walk aims to shed light on the 28,000 children across the nation living with a brain tumor. Each event will be followed by a ceremony honoring local brain tumor survivors, and participants will light lanterns to symbolize hope for a cure.

Funds raised will benefit the PBTF, with a portion of the proceeds going to fund family services at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Lurie Children’s Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

Find a Starry Night event near you!

Aug. 23 San Francisco  Justin Herman Plaza
Sept. 6 Philadelphia Philadelphia Zoo
Oct. 4 Chicago Arlington Park
Oct. 18 Boston Franklin Park Zoo
Nov. 15 Houston Discovery Green
Nov. 22 Los Angeles Griffith Park

Brain tumor survivor is a hero to his mom


Chase Matthews has battled a brain tumor since infancy.

Heidi Matthews says her son, Chase, is her hero.

The North Carolina seventh grader has battled two brain tumors in his young life. He was just 6 months old when he was first diagnosed.

As a result of his tumors, Chase suffered a stroke and lost his peripheral vision. He also has seizures and struggles with left-side weakness.

But he continues to fight through his challenges, Heidi says. Now 14, Chase has attended physical and occupational therapy for years. When he isn’t focused on doctors’ appointments, he loves watching the New York Yankees and N.C. State basketball games.

The Matthews family has attended the PBTF’s Ride for Kids Bob’s Buddies radiothon for several years.

“Chase is simply as inspiration to all he meets,” Heidi says. “His wit and charm will demand your attention and his sweet innocence will grab your heart. He’s my hero!”