We are nine individuals whose lives were changed forever by the five words, "you have a brain tumor". We are survivors and caregivers that have come together as a group, dedicated to the fight against brain tumors. We are committed to providing hope, support and education to brain tumor survivors, their families and friends who are going through the same trauma that we experienced, and the life-altering changes with which we currently live.

The National Cancer Institute estimates 22,070 new cases from brain and other nervous system tumors in the United States in 2009.1 We believe there needs to be a focus on improving the quality of life for patients, survivors and their families and on accelerating the discovery of new treatments and cures for this debilitating and often fatal disease.

To that end, we have established a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization called the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance, whose mission is to (a) raise awareness of brain tumors; (b) provide hope and support for others living with brain tumors; and (c) raise money to support and advocate advanced research.

1 National Cancer Institute http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types