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MILES FOR HOPE TO BREAK WORLD RECORD FOR BRAIN TUMOR AWARENESS


Posted on: 02/08/2009

 

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Barb Gibbs
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MILES FOR HOPE TO BREAK WORLD RECORD
 FOR BRAIN TUMOR AWARENESS

Clearwater, Florida - February 6, 2009 - Miles for Hope, a non-profit
organization, dedicated to raising funds to find a cure for brain tumors,
has partnered with the Dunedin Blue Jays and AirTran Airlines to bring you a
Guinness World Record Breaking event "Together In Hope" candlelight vigil.
All proceeds from this event will be used to expand existing brain tumor
vaccine trials and provide travel assistance to qualified patients enrolled
in clinical trials.

"Together In Hope" is being held in conjunction with the Dunedin Blue Jays'
at Dunedin Stadium for Opening Day on April 10, with gates opening at 6 pm.
The candlelight vigil will be held immediately following the game and will
attempt to break a Guinness World Record for most simultaneously lit candles
at a single venue. Following the vigil the Dunedin Blue Jays will have their
first Post Game Firework Show of the season.  Tickets are only $8 and will
include a ticket to the Dunedin Blue Jays home opener against the Clearwater
Threshers, a "Together In Hope" candle, matches and a commemorative
keepsake, as well as the Firework Show.  Seating at the stadium will be
limited and are available for advanced purchase at
www.milesforhope.org/tih.php.  "We expect this game and event to sell out
quickly," said Barb Gibbs, Executive Director of Miles for Hope.  "We
strongly suggest that you reserve your tickets early."

"The Blue Jays are very proud to be a part of this event. Opening Day is
always an exciting time of year for us, so to partner with Miles For Hope to
help raise funds for this important cause makes it even more exciting," said
Janette Donoghue, Assistant General Manager of the Blue Jays.

"In another effort to  increase awareness about brain tumors, we have also
created a "Virtual Vigil" for those who are unable to attend the "Together
In Hope" event.  We hope to have a minimum of one million people visit the
virtual vigil and learn about brain tumors, and how they can help in finding
a cure for this disease. The virtual vigil is online and active, and can be
accessed at www.milesforhope.org/vigil said Robert Gibbs.

Miles for Hope attempts to bridge the gap between vaccine trials and those
who are unable to travel for the trials or are unaware of them altogether.
"History dictates that vaccines have cured and prevented many diseases,"
said Gibbs, a brain tumor survivor and founder of Miles for Hope.
"Therefore, it's critical that we do our best to make the public aware of
the importance of funding these trials."

"Together In Hope" is the second event in what the Gibbs' hope will be an
ongoing series of public events to help raise awareness and money in order
to fight this deadly form of disease.  "There are over 120 different types
of brain tumors, making effective treatment very difficult," said Barb
Gibbs.  "There are over 360,000 people living in the United States with
brain tumors.  Dealing with the symptoms of a brain tumor can be difficult.
Oftentimes, the hope for a cure is what keeps many brain tumor patients
going."

Miles for Hope was founded by brain tumor survivor Robert Gibbs and his wife
Barb.  Gibbs was diagnosed with a Grade II brain tumor in 2004.  He has had
to undergo two brain surgeries, his second surgery in 2008 revealed the
cancer had become more aggressive, now a Grade III cancer. This qualified
him to participate in an existing clinical trial at UCLA.  He is now
receiving an innovative brain cancer vaccine developed by his doctor, UCLA
neurosurgeon Dr. Linda Liau.  So far the vaccine has showed remarkable
results for Gibbs.  The Gibbs' devote all their energy to finding a cure for
brain cancer.  It is this devotion that led to the creation of Miles for
Hope.

In addition to the support of AirTran Airlines (www.airtran.com), the Gibbs'
hope to attract more sponsors to support upcoming events.  As part of their
support, AirTran has donated flights to Miles For Hope air passage to
qualified brain tumor patients who need to travel in order to participate in
clinical trials.

"We are in this for the long haul," said Robert Gibbs.  "No donation is too
small, because every dollar brings us closer to finding a cure for this
otherwise terminal disease."

 


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