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Fourth Annual Minds Matter Raises More Than $570,000 to Support Brain Tumor Research and Programs

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October 18, 2012

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Actress Bonnie Hunt was honored at Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute fundraiser

More than $570,000 was raised at the Fourth Annual Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute (NBTI) Minds Matter Benefit Dinner on Friday, September 28, at the Radisson Blu Aqua hotel. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit research and programs at NBTI, a nationally recognized leader in the fight against brain and spinal cord tumors. The institute, a collaboration between Northwestern Medicine® and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, is dedicated to accelerating efforts to advance research breakthroughs and to improve treatment, outcomes, and quality of life for patients with brain and spinal tumors.

Actress, comedienne and television producer Bonnie Hunt was honored at the event for her commitment to raising brain tumor awareness; she is a longtime supporter of NBTI and formerly worked as an oncology nurse at Northwestern Memorial. Kathy Brock, anchor for ABC-7 Chicago News, served as the evening’s emcee and the nearly 500 guests in attendance enjoyed musical entertainment from Gentlemen of Leisure. A special video presentation highlighted several stories of brain tumor patients and caregivers from the NBTI Support Group; many of those featured were in attendance and recognized during the dinner.

“It’s wonderful to see so many people come together to support us as we strive to learn more and better treat brain tumors,” said James Chandler, MD, co-director of NBTI, surgical director of neuro-oncology at Northwestern Memorial and associate professor of neurological surgery at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “Our goal at Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute is to provide patients with the best options to treat their cancer in a manner that not only gives them longer lives, but also improved quality of life. We couldn’t succeed in this mission without the many people who have so generously supported Minds Matter over the last four years.”
Funds raised at Minds Matter will help advance research and support medical training, patient care, and outreach activities of the institute. “We are incredibly grateful for the generosity and support that Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute continues to receive year after year,” said Jeffrey Raizer, MD, co-director of NBTI, medical director of neuro-oncology at Northwestern Memorial, and associate professor of neurology at the Feinberg School. “This event not only helps support life saving research that can improve patient care, but it also shines a spotlight on brain tumors  and those who are impacted by the disease. It’s a wonderful opportunity to show support for our patients and their families, as well as our dedicated team of scientists, physicians, surgeons, researchers, nurses, and social workers.”
NBTI is a comprehensive program which merges clinical research with medical and surgical treatment for brain and spinal tumor patients. The Institute offers state-of-the-art clinical care while also providing the resources and support necessary for patients and their families to meet the challenges of living with a brain tumor.
Northwestern Medicine is the shared vision that joins Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in a collaborative effort to transform medicine through quality healthcare, academic excellence and scientific discovery. 
To make a donation to NBTI or learn more about future fundraising events, visit the institute’s website. For more information on NBTI, call 1-855-695-NBTI (6284).

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Megan McCann

Last UpdateOctober 25, 2012