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The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation has awarded the following individuals grants and funding for brain cancer research in 2012:

  • Greg D. Foltz, MD, Director of the Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at the Swedish Medical Center, $2.5 million over three years;
  • John Carpten, PhD, and David Craig, PhD, both of the Translational Genomics Research Institute for a collaborative effort with researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, UCLA, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and University of Utah, $5 million over five years; and
  • Brandy Wells, Manager of Science Education and Outreach at the Translational Genomics Research Institute, has received $45,000 annually for the Ivy Neurological Sciences Internship Program.

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American Brain Tumor Association Recognizes Awareness Month

Published 9:50 pm, Wednesday, May 1, 2013

 Bright Ideas campaign to spotlight the need for answers

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 01, 2013

The American Brain Tumor Association today announced the launch of its Bright Ideas campaign in recognition of Brain Tumor Awareness Month.

The American Brain Tumor Association, the first and now only national organization committed to providing both patient and caregiver support services and the funding of brain tumor research, is dedicated to providing and pursuing answers. The Bright Ideas concept reflects the organization’s role in fostering breakthroughs that lead to new thinking, better understanding and more effective treatments.

“When it comes to brain tumors we don’t know who, we don’t know when and perhaps most frustrating of all, we don’t know why,” said ABTA President and CEO Elizabeth M. Wilson. “Bright ideas, however, are what lead to breakthroughs—those ‘ah-ha!’ moments that bring us one step closer to finding the answers we seek. It is our hope that the Bright Ideas campaign will increase awareness of and support for breakthroughs in our understanding and treatment of brain tumors.”

Each day, 500 people in the United States will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. They join the nearly 700,000 who are currently living with the diagnosis. And in 2013, 13,000 people will lose their lives as a result of their brain tumor. There are more than 120 types of brain tumors, which means there is no one answer to the brain tumor challenge.

The campaign is designed to engage the ABTA’s social media followers in an effort to elevate the visibility of the disease and the organization among their networks and beyond through likes, shares and re-tweets of brain tumor facts, features and photos posted by the ABTA throughout May.

To participate in the Bright Ideas campaign, follow the ABTA on Twitter (@theABTA) and like the ABTA on Facebook at http:// For more information on Bright Ideas activities throughout May, visit

Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association was the first and is now the only national nonprofit brain tumor organization providing both support services to brain tumor patients and their families and funding of brain tumor research. For more information, visit

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Former NFL Coach Loses Battle To Brain Cancer

Chuck Fairbanks, ex-New England Patriots coach, 79

By Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — Chuck Fairbanks, who spent six seasons as coach of the New England Patriots and coached Heisman Trophy winner Steve Owens at Oklahoma, died Tuesday in Arizona after battling brain cancer. He was 79. Oklahoma said in a news release that Fairbanks died in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale.

Colorado hired Fairbanks away from the Patriots, but he was just 7-26 in three seasons, including an 82-42 loss at home to the Sooners and his replacement, Barry Switzer. He won 46 games for New England, a franchise record at the time. The Patriots made the playoffs in their fourth season under Fairbanks in 1976 and two years later were on their way to their first outright AFC East title when owner Billy Sullivan angrily suspended him for the final regular-season game because he had agreed to go to Colorado. Fairbanks returned for the playoffs, but New England lost to Houston. He was 0-2 in the playoffs with New England.

Fairbanks left the Buffs to become coach and general manager of the New Jersey Generals of the USFL. He was fired after one season.

Fairbanks was 52-15-1 in six years with the Sooners, including an Orange Bowl victory his first season and consecutive Sugar Bowls wins in 1971-72 before taking over the Patriots.

The Sooners went 10-1 and beat Tennessee in the Orange Bowl in Fairbanks’ first year in 1967. He won 11 games each of last two seasons with OU, beating Auburn and Penn State in the Sugar Bowl.

“His squads won three Big Eight championships and helped lay the foundation for the program’s ongoing success with the installation of the wishbone-T offense,” current Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said in a statement.

Fairbanks worked in real estate and golf-course development after his coaching career. He occasionally worked as a consultant for NFL teams in training camp, including with the Dallas Cowboys when Bill Parcells was coach.

Actress Valerie Harper Faces Terminal Brain Cancer Diagnosis

Valerie Harper has terminal brain cancer

Valerie Harper

Wed Mar 6, 2013 7:41 AM

Known and loved for her frank and funny role as upstairs neighbor Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Valerie Harper has revealed she is facing terminal brain cancer.

The actress, 73, tells People mag (on newsstands Friday) that she got the diagnosis on Jan. 15.

Tests revealed she has leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare condition that occurs when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain. Harper tells the mag she is opting for chemo, but, according to People, her doctors say she may only have three months left to live.

“I don’t think of dying,” says Harper, who has been married to Tony Cacciotti since 1987. “I think of being here now.”

In 2009, Harper, who described herself as “a lifelong non-smoker,” was diagnosed with lung cancer, which she beat. But she tells People now, “I’m well past my expiration date already.”

Fans immediately jumped on Twitter to send well-wishes her way. Among them:

Hoda Kotb: “I adore you xoxo we all do and are praying for you”

Andy Cohen: “Praying for Valerie Harper. Puts everything in perspective quickly.”

Sally Jessy Raphael: “Tragic news about Valerie Harper. She has terminal brain cancer & just 3 months. Sending prayers, love & gratitude for her wonderful work.”