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Miles for Hope’s Moving Towards A Cure(SM) Brain Tumor Walk in Boston Raising Funds for Brain Tumor Vaccine and Massachusetts General Hospital
Date:3/23/2010

BOSTON, March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Last year, the nation watched as Senator Kennedy and American Idol winner David Cook's brother lost their fight with brain tumors. Researchers across the country are developing and testing vaccine based treatments that were designed to kill off residual tumor cells remaining after surgery, which help to prevent the reoccurrence of brain tumors. The initial trials of the brain tumor vaccines were very promising, in fact, some extending the median survival of glioblastoma multiform, the most deadly form of brain tumors, from the current median survival of 14.6 months to over 40 months with the addition of the brain tumor vaccine.

Due to the downturn in the economy, critically needed funding to keep these trials going have dwindled. "It has been quite frustrating to see the same vaccine that saved my life, and the lives of others, unavailable to those battling this devastating disease", said Bob Gibbs, founder of Miles for Hope.

Many people remain unaware of the actual magnitude of brain tumors, and that they affect nearly as many people on a daily basis as breast and prostate cancer. Many people survive other types of cancer; only to lose their battle if it metastasizes to the brain as 1 out of 10 cancers has the ability to do. Each year, more than 190,000 adults and children in the United States are diagnosed with a brain tumor. Brain t
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