Children's Brain Tumor Foundation Launches Digital Campaign to Fund Mental Health Program for Siblings of Diagnosed Patients
In honor of National Siblings Day, the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, a non-profit organization improving the treatment and quality of life for children with brain and spinal cord tumors is launching a month-long campaign to raise funds and awareness for their Sibling Support Program. The program will be the first of its kind and aims to create a community and support system of affected siblings. The goal is to raise $150,000 to properly pilot this program.
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Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation (CBTF) today announced their $150K fundraising goal to pilot the National Sibling Support Program. While many programs support brain tumor patients, siblings are often left without support for their trauma.
In honor of National Siblings Day, held April 10th, CBTF aims to build an online and face-to-face program in order to gain more understanding of issues siblings face, and to provide clinical and peer support for this often-neglected group.
“My sister Ilana had Medulloblastoma. She was diagnosed when she was three years old. When she was five and I was seven she passed away from the brain tumor. I don’t know where I’d be without CBTF” said Stephanie Angel, founding family member of the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation.
The campaign #ForTheSibs has so far received support from Rumer Willis, Melissa Joan Hart, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Maia Shibutani, Alex and Marko Vaga, Yoshi and Peter Sudarso, and Hudson Yang. More names to be announced.
The organization is also proud to receive 25% of proceeds from select Shake Shack locations when National Siblings Day is mentioned at the register on April 10th – and this month CBTF is featured on WeAre8: The People’s Platform and Evite® as their suggested non-profit.
Additionally, to help reach fundraising goals Represent and CBTF created limited-time only t-shirts and hoodies with 100% net proceeds going towards the campaign.
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The Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation released stories of gratitude which can also be shared if attributed to CBTF.
· Ryan Paige of Lynbrook New York, whose brother lost his battle to cancer: “I learned about the amazing work the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation does unfortunately like most people find out, that’s through the diagnosis of a loved one. And although my little brother Danny ultimately lost his battle to cancer, his life and spirit definitely live on through the untiring efforts that the CBTF. Nothing makes me feel closer to my brother then when I’m involved with the foundation in some sort of way, and that is invaluable to me. Danny used to say from his favorite movie, ‘you go we go’, meaning if you’re fighting this battle, we’re all fighting this battle. Nothing echoes that sentiment more perfectly to me then how hard the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation works for each and every family they’re involved with. The journey never really ends, but it’s great to know that people at the CBTF are there for the long haul to continue helping families during and long after their fights are over.”
Bernard Manning from Boston survived cancer and thanks his family for their support: “Thank you to my siblings Brian, Michael, and Karen. Thank you for being there for me during some troubling times. I know how hard it was for me, but I can’t image how hard it was for you to see your little brother struggle with life. Greatest achievement in life is to be alive. Thank you for helping me achieve that goal. I want to give thanks to CBTF for being there for me as well, and for opening new doors and opportunities for all of us to experience life together."
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About Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation
A non-profit organization, CBTF was founded in 1988 by dedicated parents, physicians and friends. Our mission is to improve the treatment, quality of life and the long term outlook for children with brain and spinal cord tumors through research, support, education, and advocacy to families and survivors.