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Display of hats meant to increase awareness of brain tumors

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Posted on: 12/06/2004

Display of hats meant to increase awareness of brain tumors

Posted on Mon, Dec. 06, 2004

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. - A traveling display of nearly 1,500 hats, symbolic of brain tumors that afflicted their owners, has stopped at VCU Medical Center's main hospital.

The hats, first displayed in May during National Brain Tumor Action Week on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Dec. 16 will go from here to St. Louis as part of a roughly 20-city tour ending in May with another display on Capitol Hill.

"We are hoping this display will help boost funding for research," said Marguerite Sciuk, an 18-month survivor of brain cancer whose own hat is among the collection.

Each hat has printed on it the name, city and state of a brain cancer survivor or victim.

Rodney Shackleford II, 41, of Dinwiddie County, was among the visitors to the display.

"I just found out that my dad has a brain cancer," he said. "I might bring one of his hats to add."

Schackleford said the display of hats - from baseball caps to a state trooper's hat - underscores the fact that "anybody can get brain cancer, no matter what age."

Kristina McAlvanah of Zephyrhills, Fla., launched the hats crusade after her husband, Tom, died from brain cancer.

"Brain cancer is considered an orphan disease and is seriously underfunded," McAlvanah said.

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