The Kelly Heinz-Grundner Brain Tumor Foundation (KHG) has joined with the National Brain Tumor Society to become a wholly-owned subsidiary.
The Kelly Heinz-Grundner Brain Tumor Foundation (KHG), headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, has joined with the National Brain Tumor Society to become a wholly-owned subsidiary. KHG will function as NBTS’ Awareness capacity and is tasked with making its trademark slogan – GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME® – the nationwide call-to-action for brain tumor awareness. This effort will allow NBTS to help more people find the information, resources, and connection they need in dealing with this devastating disease.
"We are excited to have KHG join the NBTS family to champion awareness for all those who have been affected by this disease and all those who someday will be," stated N. Paul TonThat, Executive Director of NBTS. "Our efforts to date have focused on funding transformative research, comprehensive patient support, and advocacy. While we have heavily invested in these areas, it became evident that awareness is a needed area of focus. Bringing in KHG will allow us to address that gap and, in the process, rally more attention for the brain tumor cause," TonThat continued.
"When I launched KHG in 2005, a year after my wife and best friend, Kelly, passed away from a brain tumor, my goal was to fight back by raising awareness and bringing the national spotlight to this terribly dark disease," stated Christopher Grundner, KHG’s Executive Director. "Now, I will have a chance to do that on a scale that I could never have generated on my own."
The parties will work together in the coming months to assess how best to integrate this expanded capacity into NBTS' strategic business plan. KHG’s Third Annual GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME Brain Tumor Awareness Walk remains slated for Saturday, May 1st and interested patients, families and friends can register for this event at www.getyourheadinthegame.org. "With the inclusion of NBTS, I know this year’s walk will be even better than our highly successful events in years past and I hope everyone comes out to see why I am so excited about this new relationship," stated Grundner.
As part of the agreement, KHG will remain Delaware-based and continue to be a local resource for patients and their families.