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Children`s Brain Tumor Foundation fund-raiser (PA)

Posted on: 10/01/2004

Children's Brain Tumor Foundation fund-raiser

Madeline's Heart, a fund- raiser for the Children's Brain Tumor Foundation, will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, in Mountainhome United Methodist Church's Ministry Center. The church is at the fork of Routes 390 and 191 in Mountainhome.

Donated craft items and baked goods will be for sale, and other donated items will be raffled off. To donate craft items, baked goods or raffle items for the event, call Kristen Kojeszewski at (570) 619-7127.

The Children's Brain Tumor Foundation is an organization for children and their families who have been affected by brain and spinal cord tumors.

CBTF provides parental support, emotional support, educational materials and family outings free of charge for families.

In its 15-year history, CBTF has awarded more than 45 grants of more than $4 million to doctors and researchers throughout the United States for research into the causes of, and effective treatments for, pediatric brain and spinal cord tumors.

More than $300,000 has been awarded to hospitals and agencies aimed at providing programs that promote a positive impact on the quality of life for children with brain and spinal cord tumors and their families.

Parents, patients and professionals can call the toll-free patient support line at (866) 228-HOPE for information about insurance coverage and financial support and referrals to social and rehabilitative services.

Through a Parent-to-Parent Network, parents of children with newly diagnosed tumors or recurring tumors can be matched with a volunteer who can offer support.

CBTF publishes "A Resource Guide for Parents of Children with Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors," a book that gives basic information about brain and spinal cord tumors, treatment options and what to expect in the future. The book is distributed free to parents and family members.

CBTF also has a newsletter, The Challenge, and a Web site,, in its effort to distribute information to those who need it.

At 274 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016, CBTF is a charter member of the Alliance for Childhood Cancer and the North American Brain Tumor Foundation.

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