In June, the U.S. Senate took swift action and passed Senate Resolution 245 by unanimous consent, designating July 17, 2019, as “Glioblastoma Awareness Day.” The resolution declared July 17 as a date on which we recognize GBM patients, families, caregivers, researchers, and medical professionals. The resolution was led by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and received bipartisan cosponsorship from Senators Edward Markey (D-MA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). S.Res. 245 seeks to raise public awareness for glioblastoma (GBM), the most common and aggressive form of brain cancer, and leverage support for research, treatment development, patients, and their families. Read EBCI’s National Press Release
Each year, more than 13,000 people are diagnosed with glioblastoma (GBM), the most common, complex, treatment-resistant, and deadliest type of brain cancer. Accounting for 47% of all primary malignant brain tumors, GBM can affect anyone, at any age, including children. Join us on July 17 as we come together to Honor, Act, Learn and Give in support of the patients, families, and caregivers who have faced GBM – and raise national consciousness about our stake in finding a cure. July 17, the third Wednesday of the month, was was chosen to enable both the brain tumor community and Congress to have a date that could be its own, unique focal point for the nation’s attention to mobilize around the GBM cause and community.
Honor, Act, Learn, Give
At Home, in the Community, at the Capitol
The first focus of the resolution is to honor and remember those who have passed away due to brain cancer or those currently living with it. Every day the EndBrainCancer Initiative works with patients and families facing this horrific disease. They deserve our support and honor.
Visit our new Honoring Page from tributes sent for GBM Awareness day. LINK
- Read stories of brave patients and families who have fought brain cancer. LINK
- Reach out to someone you know or a family impacted by GBM and speak honor. Perform an act of kindness.
- Honor someone by sharing his or her story through our online form. We will seek for ways on our website and through social media to pass along the story. LINK to NATIONAL GBM DAY HONOR FORM
- Read the story of the 2019 National HOPE Award Winner, Kristin McQueen and other HOPE Award Nominees. LINK
- GIVE in someone’s memory or ESTABLISH A FUND to honor a loved one
GBM Awareness Day invites people to action. Since 2002 the EndBrainCancer Initiative has provided direct connect services to patients, helping them connect with specialists, advanced treatments, Centers of Excellence, and clinical trials.
- Discover more about the EndBrainCancer Initiative and join our cause! LINK
- Please take a moment and send a note of thanks for voting to establish 2019 Glioblastoma Awareness Day to your U.S. Senators. LINK U.S. Senate Contact Pages
- Speak up for changes to standards of care in treating brain cancer.
- Use #GBMDay. We’ve put together a toolkit to provide you with all of the resources you need to participate in #GBMDay on social media. Utilize the images to the right and download our GBM Awareness Social Media Toolkit for ideas and examples and spread the word! DOWNLOAD
- If you know someone stricken with brain cancer, please direct them to the EndBrainCancer Initiative where our patient navigators can help. Patient Inquiry Form
Glioblastoma affects men, women, and children — people of any age, background, and walk of life. It does not discriminate on gender, socioeconomic status, region, age, or political party. On GBM Awareness Day, we invite you to learn more about this disease and how the EndBrainCancer Initiative is fueling research and directly connecting patients to advanced treatments, specialists, Centers of Excellence and clinical trials.
- Read articles to learn more about Glioblastoma. Overview from Mayo Clinic
- Learn about promising areas of research in treating and curing brain cancer. Promising Research and Treatments
- Visit our patient resources center to discover useful tools and information. LINK
- Watch our patient video and learn about what it’s like to be stricken and diagnosed with brain cancer and how EBCI helps. WATCH VIDEO
- Watch an easy to understand webinar on personalized approaches to treating cancer and why storing live tumor tissue is so important. WATCH WEBINAR
On GBM Awareness Day, we honor the patients, families, and care partners who have faced glioblastoma — the most common, complex, treatment-resistant, and deadliest type of brain cancer. The EndBrainCancer Initiative is here to help patients and families facing this diagnosis immediately and to help the long term research efforts to advance cure through clinical trials. Make a gift today, and help to fuel research, develop advanced treatments, and end brain cancer!
- Give a gift today to the EndBrainCancer Initiative. Note that you can give in someone’s honor. Donate to The EndBrainCancer Initiative