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4/22/05 Exhibit highlighting people affected by brain tumors coming to State House - Display begins April 28, in time for Brain Tumor Awareness Week

Posted on: 04/30/2005

4/22/05 Exhibit highlighting people affected by brain tumors coming to State House - Display begins April 28, in time for Brain Tumor Awareness Week

STATE HOUSE – Each year, more than 190,000 Americans are diagnosed with brain tumors.

Local families with loved ones affected by brain tumors will join the General Assembly Thursday, April 28, in a State House event meant to bring attention to the importance of brain tumor research.

On that day, both the Senate and the House are expected to pass resolutions declaring May 1 through 7 “Brain Tumor Awareness Week” in Rhode Island, coinciding with National Brain Tumor Awareness Week. Both the House and the Senate sessions are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. The resolution will be sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Michael J. McCaffrey (D-Dist. 29) of Warwick and in the House by Rep. Joseph McNamara (D-Dist. 19) of Warwick and Cranston and Rep. Elizabeth M. Dennigan (D-Dist. 62) of East Providence and Pawtucket. Similar proclamations have been issued by Gov. Donald L. Carcieri and Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian.

Meanwhile, an exhibit titled “Faces of Remembrance and Hope,” displaying photos of those affected by brain tumors, will be set up near the entrance to the State Library on the second floor of the State House from April 28 until May 5.

The display is being provided by “Rachael’s Team,” a group of more than 30 family members and friends of Rachael Paola of Warwick, who died of a brain tumor in 2002 at age 16. The group is committed to raising awareness about the difficulties faced by those diagnosed with brain tumors, and working to raise money for brain tumor research. Although brain tumors claim the lives of children more often than any other form of cancer, there have been no major advancements in therapy in the last 30 years.

Rachel’s Team is asking other Rhode Island families who have lost loved ones to brain tumors, or who have stories of brain tumor survivors, to join them at the State House on April 28. Families and friends are encouraged to bring photos and stories of survivors and victims to add to the exhibit. Those who would like to contribute to the exhibit but cannot attend are asked to mail their photos and stories in advance to Rachael’s Team, 207 Fairfax Drive, Warwick, RI 02888, or call Bill and Doreen Paola at (401) 463-3607. For more information about Rachael’s Team, visit

For more information, contact:

Meredyth R. Waterman, Publicist

State House Room 20

Providence, RI 02903

(401) 222-2457

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