Stephen Lanctot, Connie Farber, and Eugene "Duff" Raggio all serve on the Board of Directors of the National Brain Tumor Foundation (NBTF) in Oakland. On Saturday, June 21 st , they will be joined at Pacific Bell Park by hundreds of other Bay Area residents for the 9th annual Angel Adventure®.
The Bay Area Angel Adventure® is more than a fundraising walk- it is a day where brain tumor patients, their families and friends come together to celebrate the importance of living. It is also a time to remember and honor those no longer with us. People participate for different reasons and everyone shares the desire to create awareness about the need for more funding to help battle this deadly disease.
Each year over 190,000 people in the United States and 10,000 people in Canada will be diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor. Brain tumors are a leading cause of death from childhood cancer, accounting for almost a quarter of cancer deaths in children up to 19 years of age. Brain tumors are the second leading cause of cancer death in young adults ages 20-39.
Stephen Lanctot, Bay Area Angel Adventure® volunteer committee member and NBTF Board chair, has helped organize this event for several years, and remembers well his reason for participating. "My daughter, Madelyn, is a nineteen-year survivor, and we have participated in the Angel Adventure® since the first was held in 1996. We welcome you to this year's walk which promises to be bigger, better and more rewarding than ever! Together we will make steady progress towards our goal of finding a cure."
Now in its 9th year, the event continues to grow and change as the brain tumor community continues to come together. From the opening program until the last group picture, participants share stories about their personal connections to the brain tumor community. For Stephen and his daughter, and for everyone at Pacific Bell Park on June 21st , this exchange matters because every connection and every moment counts.
To join them, contact the National Brain Tumor Foundation, toll free, at 866.455.3214 or visit www.braintumor.org. The National Brain Tumor Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization serving people whose lives have been affected by brain tumors. They are dedicated to promoting a cure for brain tumors, improving the quality of life and giving hope to the brain tumor community by funding meaningful research and providing patient resources, timely information and education.