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Phillies Brain Tumor Awareness Night - Sept 30, 2009

Posted on: 08/20/2009


Phillies Brain Tumor Awareness Night


With the goal of raising awareness of brain tumors, The Kelly Heinz-Grundner Brain Tumor Foundation (KHG) and Penn Neurosurgery have partnered to present “Brain Tumor Awareness Night” at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday, September 30, when the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies face the Houston Astros at 7:05 p.m. 


“We are excited to join with Penn Neurosurgery to bring our message to such a large audience,” says Christopher Grundner, Founder and President of KHG, the only organization in the U.S. whose primary focus is to raise brain tumor awareness and educate the public and medical professionals about the facts, symptoms and proper diagnosis techniques for this disease.  


“We want to inform the public about this terribly dark disease, so they can be advocates for themselves and this game provides us with a really great venue to do just that.  The timing is perfect too because there is sure to be a huge audience at this game as the Phillies move closer to the baseball playoffs and hopefully the World Series,” Grundner adds.


Grundner, whose 31-year-old wife Kelly died from a brain tumor, says that as brain tumor awareness increases, patients will be diagnosed sooner and then have a better chance at an improved outcome.  “Kelly went undiagnosed for six months with symptoms because we were uneducated about this disease.  My goal in her memory is to help others not have to go through the same struggles she did.”


A limited number of tickets are available for just $22 and can be purchased online at   Net proceeds will benefit the Penn Brain Tumor Support Group and the awareness activities of The Kelly Heinz-Grundner Brain Tumor Foundation.  “This is a rare opportunity for baseball fans to support a great cause at the same time they are supporting their favorite team,” Grundner adds.


For more information about brain tumors or to help raise awareness for brain tumors, please visit KHG’s awareness campaign website at 



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