ROCKVILLE, Md., May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- A teen diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and determined to raise awarenessfor the disease will be undertaking an even greater challenge in response to recent findings by the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States (CBTRUS).
Justin's Quest is a national awareness initiative benefitting the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS http://www.braintumor.org). Friedlander decided to embark on Justin's Quest after he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in March 2009. In addition to shooting baskets, Justin's Quest also seeks to raise $250,000 to fund vital research aimed at finding a cure for brain tumors. All proceeds from Justin's Quest benefit NBTS.
"I just want to do what I can to help people with this terrible disease," stated Justin Friedlander. "Thankfully, a lot of really great people have decided to join me and support me along the way." Friedlander continued. "My dream is to shoot a basket with the biggest celebrities in the world in order to bring as much attention as possible to this cause."
"The new figures released by CBTRUS underscore the importance of raising brain tumor awareness," stated NBTS Executive Director, Paul TonThat. "Since brain tumors do not discriminate against age, race, sex or socio-economic status, we think that brain tumors need to be on everyone's radar. By raising awareness, we also hope to drive a greater focus to research to find better therapies and ultimately, a cure," TonThat concluded.
The increase in the number of new cases of primary brain tumors is due in part to a rise in the reporting of non-malignant brain tumors as well as an aging population. Glioblastoma Multiforme, the most common form of adult brain tumor, is primarily diagnosed in people over age 50.
About Justin's Quest
In March 2009, Justin Friedlander was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor called an optic nerve glioma in the chiasm. He and his family were devastated by this life-changing news; however, Justin decided to take action and now he is on a mission to find a cure for brain tumors. For more information about Justin's Quest, please visit www.justinsquest.com.
With offices on both coasts, and events and influence across the United States, National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) brings together the best of research, patient services, and advocacy to be a comprehensive resource for patients, families, caregivers, researchers, and medical professionals. For more information about NBTS, please visit www.braintumor.org.
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