Asheville, NC, July 17, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Two of the biggest nonprofit organizations dedicated to fighting one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer are joining forces.
The Brain Tumor Foundation for Children will be the Georgia Chapter of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, the world’s largest nonprofit funder of childhood brain tumor research. Together the two have more than 60 years of experience in funding lifesaving research and life-changing family support programs to eliminate the challenges of childhood brain tumors.
"Together we are better positioned to find a cure for this devastating disease, and by creating chapters we can offer more local services for affected children and their families,” said Chris Hoefflin, chair of the PBTF board of directors. “Our combined efforts will have a much greater impact.”
Pam Ellis, chair of the BTFC board of directors, agreed. “The BTFC’s goal is ‘helping kids with brain tumors today.’ By becoming part of the national Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, we will be helping these kids today and tomorrow,” Ellis said.
As the Georgia Chapter of the PBTF, the BTFC’s Atlanta office will remain open and will continue to be led by Executive Director Mary Moore. Their fundraising events, including the J. Smith Lanier & Co. Charity Classic, will join the PBTF’s Atlanta Ride for Kids motorcycle charity event and Starry Night walk/run to raise awareness and support local families.
The new chapter will also continue to administer the BTFC’s financial assistance program at existing hospitals in nine states for brain tumor patients and their families.
“The Georgia Chapter is the first in a series of local offices being planned by the PBTF,” said PBTF President and CEO Robin Boettcher. “This alignment significantly strengthens our ability to reach and support families in their communities.”
About The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, a national voluntary health nonprofit based in Asheville, N.C., is the world's largest nonprofit funder of research into one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer. Our programs also include free educational resources, college scholarships for brain tumor survivors and mission-focused events such as Ride for Kids and Starry Night. More than 28,000 children in the United States are living with the diagnosis of a brain tumor, and 13 more cases are identified each day. To help us cure the kids, call 800-253-6530 or go to www.curethekids.org.
About The Brain Tumor Foundation for Children
Established in 1983 in Atlanta, the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children was the first nonprofit organization in the United States to focus on pediatric brain tumor disease. BTFC’s mission has been to provide financial assistance, social support and information for families of children with brain and spinal cord tumors; fund research projects that improve treatment options and search for a cure; and raise public awareness of the disease and advocate on behalf of affected children. It became the Georgia Chapter of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation in July 2014.