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2019 Volunteer Leadership Conference Highlights: Volunteers Come Together for a World Without Childhood Brain Tumors


What does it take to cure childhood brain cancer? An army. A network of support. TEAMWORK. Over the past 35 years, volunteers and supporters of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's Ride for Kids, Starry Night Walk to Cure Childhood Brain Tumors, Vs. Cancer, and community events have helped the PBTF lead the fight against this devastating disease.

As 2019 comes to a close, we’re reflecting... but we’re not slowing down.

This month, volunteer leaders and top fundraisers from Ride for Kids, Starry Night and Vs. Cancer attended the PBTF’s annual Volunteer Leadership Conference in Charlotte. There they welcomed Courtney Davies to the organization as the PBTF’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. A solutions-oriented fundraising and development executive, Davies joins the PBTF from JDRF, where she most recently served as Vice President, U.S. Field.

“It is an understatement to say I’m excited to leverage my experience and passion to further advance the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s important mission,” says Davies, who starts Dec. 2. “The opportunity to lead the outstanding teams at PBTF as we work together toward creating a world without childhood brain tumors is both humbling and inspiring.”

Attendees had the opportunity to meet with pediatric brain tumor survivors, families, and mission leaders at the conference, as well as hear about exciting initiatives coming to the PBTF’s signature fundraising programs in 2020. Conference highlights included:

Ride for Kids Announces Top Fundraiser Recognition Program

Who has what it takes to be a Top 100 Rider? Next year, the PBTF’s Ride for Kids program will launch its National 100 Club, which will recognize the top 100 individual Ride for Kids fundraisers across the country.  In appreciation of their fundraising efforts throughout this year, the inaugural class of riders will be announced nationally and recognized at their local rides in early 2020.

Starry Night Welcomes First Flagship Team

LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, a longtime partner of the PBTF-Southeast Region, has committed to take the next step in their support of kids with brain tumors as the Starry Night Walk to Cure Childhood Brain Tumors' first flagship team. Flagship teams are a new, exclusive opportunity for Starry Night, offering companies a profound community engagement opportunity for their employees, families and friends to directly impact the fight.

Vs. Cancer Presents Inaugural MVP Award

Jon Lantzy, head boy’s lacrosse coach at Durham Academy, was presented with the first Vs. Cancer "MVP" award. Coach Lantzy organizes the annual "King of Spring" lacrosse tournament which brought in over $79,000 in 2019. Also recognized was Megan Smithers, Director of Community Relations for the Charlotte Knights, Vs. Cancer’s top minor league baseball team. Smithers spearheaded the team’s fundraising efforts, with proceeds going to the PBTF and Levine Children’s Hospital.

It takes teamwork to deliver on the PBTF’s mission to care for families along their journey, cure all childhood brain tumors, and help survivors and families thrive. During this season of gratitude, we are especially thankful for the partnership of every supporter who makes this lifesaving work possible.

Want to rally your community to help kids with brain cancer? Email to learn more about our signature fundraising programs or how you can host your own event with the PBTF.