May 2016 marks the start of national Brain Tumor Awareness Week in the USA and Brain Cancer Action Week in Australia

By 29th April 2016 March 18th, 2019 IBTA News
[29 April 2016] May is national Brain Tumor Awareness Month in the United States - a time when the brain tumour community comes together to raise public awareness of brain tumours, fundraise for research and care, and run educational activities and events. There are countless opportunities for patients, advocates and stakeholders to celebrate achievements and get involved with activities and online awareness building. The social media hashtag for the month is #BTAM.

Race for Hope DC was just one event that took place in May 2015. (Click image to find out about the 2016 walk.)

Race for Hope DC was just one event that took place in May of last year. (Click image to find out about this year's event.)

Of the many events that will be taking place, the National Brain Tumor Society will be holding their annual 'Head to the Hill' advocacy event at Capitol Hill, Washington DC, on May 2-3. It will be attended by hundreds of brain tumour advocates from across the country and the two-day event will include advocacy training and congressional visits (read more here). The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) is also holding a variety of walks and fundraising events across the country throughout the month (an online calendar of all ABTA fundraising events is accessible here).

The start of May is doubly important as it marks the beginning of Brain Cancer Action Week in Australia. Running from Sunday 1st to Saturday 7th May inclusive, a wide variety of events and activities will be taking place across the country and the organisations supporting the week and/or running activities include Cancer Council Australia, Sydney Neuro-Oncology Group, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, Yellow Diamond Foundation, and Brain Tumour Alliance Australia.

Search online for events or activities in your area – but don’t forget that our IBTA Alliance page and advocacy group information page lists and provides links to more than 60 brain tumour organisations in the USA and 12 in Australia.

Our sincerest hope is that all of the US and Australia-based brain tumour community have a fruitful and encouraging time during their respective brain tumour awareness periods. We would love to hear about your experiences and you can get in touch with us via our contact page. All sponsored or unsponsored walks to raise awareness about brain tumours can symbolically “donate” the mileage covered to the IBTA World Walk target of circling the Earth at the Equator - click here to find out more. You can also find out more about how the IBTA supports the international brain tumour community here.

Finally, if you want to be inspired then take a look at our page dedicated to awareness-raising events that took place across the world in 2015 here.

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