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Date:5/5/2009

Bobby Murcer Mobile MRI Unit in Washington, D.C. for Brain Tumor Awareness Month

Provides Free Brain Scans to Members of Congress, Staff and Government Agency Officials

NEW YORK, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Road to Early Detection Campaign, a project of The Brain Tumor Foundation (BTF), has brought the "Bobby Murcer" Mobile MRI Unit to Capitol Hill. On Monday and Tuesday, May 4th and May 5th, the Unit is parked on Maryland Avenue and 3rd Street SW on the north corner, opposite the U.S. Botanic Gardens and has conducted a record 60 brain scans.

Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-AL), who was instrumental in helping to bring the Mobile MRI Unit to Washington, D.C., and Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) join Dr. Patrick J. Kelly, President and Founder of The Brain Tumor Foundation, in front of the Mobile Unit to highlight the importance of early detection and in recognition of Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Free MRI brain scans have been offered to members of the House, Senate and their staff as well as government agency officials for the two days that the Bobby Murcer Mobile MRI Unit is parked in Washington, D.C.

"Unfortunately, I know the heartache associated with losing someone to cancer, as so many Americans have also experienced," says Rep. Aderholt. "Early detection is the key to treating most diseases and illnesses, and even more so when it comes to brain tumors. That's why this Mobile MRI Unit has the potential of being such a powerful tool in fighting tumors and detecting cancer."

"I wholeheartedly applaud The Brain Tumor Foundation's early detection screening program for brain tumors, using quick, safe, radiation-free MRI brain scans," says Rep. Engel. "These brain scans will provide important health information
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