Online News Round Up

At BTFC we hope that some day we will no longer be needed, that some day there will be a cure for brain cancer.  We know that you care about the latest research and news.   Here are some links to articles we found regarding the research currently being done, as well as general news regarding the brain tumor community.

Research begun nine years ago at Cedars Sinai dealing with the molecular make-up of glioblastoma multiforme tumors continues today.  Now new drug-engineering technology is being used to help block the tumor cell’s production of malignant proteins.  Read about this exciting research here.

Film-maker Gary Winick recently passed away after a two-year battle with brain cancer.  His best known movies are Letter to Juliet and Charlotte’s Web.

The Broad Institute at MIT and Harvard University has been conducting research on ways to predict which children with medulloblastoma are most likely to relapse.  This article summarizes their results.

The story is common: as a high school athlete, Robert Quinn suffered headaches, black outs and fainting spells.  Diagnosed with a benign brain tumor, he underwent surgery to remove part of it and treatment.  He resumed his athletic career and pursued football at the University of North Carolina.  He has entered the 2011 NFL draft and, according to the Sporting News, is likely to be the first person ever to play professional football with a brain tumor!

11Alive news ran a story about teenager Chip Madren, who’s incredible support system is called “Chip’s Nation.”

South Carolinian Michael Neely turned 18 in an intensive care unit, fighting a meningioma.  The web site posted an article sharing his story as he has learned to move on beyond his tumor.


About The Brain Tumor Foundation for Children

Founded in 1983, BTFC was the first nonprofit in the U.S. to focus on brain cancer in children. Our mission is to support patients and their families.
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One Response to Online News Round Up

  1. Thanks for posting about Chip Madren! Please come show him your support by visiting the Chip’s Nation Website ( and by joining the Chip’s Nation facebook group (

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