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A Kids' Brain Tumor Cure (a/k/a PLGA Foundation)

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Causes: Brain Disorders Research, Cancer, Cancer Research, Health, Philanthropy, Public Foundations

Mission: To find less toxic, more effective treatments and a cure for children battling pediatric brain tumors by accelerating the pace of targeted scientific research. We are a catalyst for individuals and corporations to initiate fundraising projects to support these scientific efforts and to stimulate interest in this orphan disease. We create opportunities for clinicians and researchers to apply for grant funding for start-up, as well as follow through projects.

Results: We have raised $13 million in the past 7 years for targeted pediatric brain tumor research. Awarded 44 basic science and translational research grants at 23 different international medical institutions. Funded 3 national clinical trials and sponsored 8 international conferences for a multi-disciplinary group of medical experts to convene and collaborate and create a strategic direction for the most promising pediatric brain tumor research.

Target demographics: Anyone who has or cares for children or anyone who knows someone who battled/is battling cancer.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Help us find less toxic treatments and a cure by making a donation to ensure that we can continue to fund current pediatric brain tumor research and clinical trials.

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: Children should fight for their dreams, NOT for their lives.

Community Stories

68 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

AKBTC Foundation was a great resource when my son was diagnosed with brain cancer. Now, we raise funds for AKBTC with the hope that one of the trials it funds will be the cure for our son. 100% of the proceeds are used for research. It is such an important organization. Please consider donating to AKBTC Foundation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization does amazing, amazing work raising money for a very underfunded cause. AKBTC has been a huge part of my life for the past few years and I am so happy to say that I am involved with the organization. I love AKBTC!!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AKBTC is an incredible organization that is funding really important work!!!

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Ellen59

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AKBTC funds critical research to find cures for pediatric brain tumors. Sadly, all of us knows a family with a child who has or is battling a brain tumor. I am proud to support AKBTC in all of the great work that they do. A highlight of their work is Think Fit for Kids, a community-wide family-fun event attended by young and old alike. EVERY dollar goes to research. Please support AKBTC -- it will make a difference in children's lives. Thank you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The AKBTC is an amazing organization. It raises awareness for, and fund-raises on behalf of, much needed research for better treatments for children's brain tumors. They also are a beacon of information, strength and support for families facing the devastation htat their child has been diagnosed with a brain tumor -- providing helpful background, updated treatment information and locations for the best resources for these families. The AKBTC offers hope to future children with brain tumors and their families by supporting new clinical trials to find gentler treatments and hopefully cures for this insipid condition. I believe wholeheartedly that AKBTC deserves your highest ranking and awards.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AKBTC is such an incredible foundation that I am honored to know, support & help raise awareness, any way possible. Their passion and determination to help families who are dealing with this horrible cancer and raise money to find a cure is remarkable.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to have been able to support AKBTC. It is a truly incredible organization. They work tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for pediatric brain tumor research as well as support families during difficult times. The work that is being done at AKBTC is inspiring!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We are committed to supporting the children and their families who are fighting the fight! The research being done is unbelievable.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization has wonderful community support. Their fundraisers showcase their passion.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A Kids' Brain Tumor Cure truly focuses on what I believe is critical to finding a cure for pediatric brain tumors. Whether it is funding research for less toxic treatments, hosting webinars with the most up-to-date information to share with their global audience, or raising money (Think Fit For Kids is an awesome event for the whole family and I encourage anyone within driving distance of Chappaqua, NY area to attend). A Kids; Brain Tumor Cure is always raising the bar to find effective treatments for children battling pediatric brain tumors.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome charity that provides resources for a worthy cause!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization for 5 years at their annual Geared Up For Kids event. It is an amazing day where people from all over the Boston area show up to support families with children battling brain tumors. I usually help in the festival area so I get to see alot of happy kids and parents. The volunteer coordinator makes sure to keep me busy and is very appreciative of my help. I am looking forward to volunteering again in 2019.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at six different fundraising events for A Kids' Brain Tumor Cure and have met some of the dedicated individuals who have a passion for eliminating childhood brain cancer. Whether meeting a clinician, volunteer, vendor providing services to the event or families impacted by this disease, everyone shares their energy and enthusiasm and so not only do I feel great about the cause, but I have a fun time at the event as well! I wish I could find more organizations that are able to combine these two elements as seamlessly as A Kids' Brain Tumor Cure.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered to help with Geared Up For Kids, one of A Kids' Brain Tumor Cure's signature fundraising event for several years. Each and every year I am impressed by the passion that drives all involved with AKBTC to do everything they can to raise awareness about and funds for pediatric brain tumor research. Day in and day out, they are leading the charge to find less toxic treatments and cure for our children. Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The PLGA Foundation has served as a wonderful resource for my family. When we first discovered our daughter had a tumor, they were the first organization to provide us with some support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We reached out to the PLGA Foundation 2 years ago because our son is a brain tumor survivor. They are very knowledgeable and willing to share knowledge on the latest research and treatments for low grade gloliomas, like our son had.

Their communication is prompt and friendly , and above average ! Thanks for everything, especially supporting our local efforts to raise money and awareness for pediatric brain tumors.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Targeting a cure for pediatric brain cancer is an aggressive goal, but one which A Kids' Brain Tumor Cure takes to heart. Bringing communities together (see photos) to raise funds and awareness about the disease has made a huge difference in the battle. Bringing about change is hard in any field, let alone a field that has in the past been abandoned by the research community, government, etc. But this small but determined group won't rest till all children can fight for their dreams, not for their lives. It is an honor to work for and with these folks. Together we can find more effective, less toxic treatments and a cure for children battling the #1 cause of cancer death in children.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Low administrative overhead and high return on research investment with new treatments in clinical trials as a result of funding from AKBTC. I can't think of a better equation which adds up, giving hope to children battling the most common forms of brain tumors. With brain tumors rising to the leading cause of cancer death in children, this organization should be a role model for other groups to take action.

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Scott G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization does amazing work for a very worthy, yet under-funded, cause.

Vicki Seiden S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A Kids Brain Tumor Cure / PLGA Foundation is an amazing organization raising money for research for this underfunded disease affecting children. My son and I have been volunteering with and donating to this organization for several years. You cannot find a more dedicated, compassionate, and hardworking group of individuals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for PLGA for many years, I have seen firsthand the positive impact they have made in their community and the fight to find a cure for children's brain tumor. Keep up the awesome work!

Zachary G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been able to watch AKBTC grow over the last few years, and have greatly admired the thought and effort that goes into every little bit of planning for events and fundraisers.

Donor

Rating: 5

Attended a packed Think Fit event with 350+ people that raised over $150,000 to benefit targeted pediatric brain cancer research! Great cause!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that raises funds for research to cure children with brain cancer.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I know from personal experience how many people AKBTC helps each day. The organization supports parents in their darkest hours by working tirelessly to support innovative research and clinical trial options for children battling brain tumors. I cannot imagine what these parents would do without the support of AKBTC.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our son was diagnosed at 19 months old with a brain tumor. It didn't take us long to decide that we wanted to give back to the brain tumor community in every way that we could. We were lucky enough to find A Kid's Brain Tumor Cure and with their support, we've raised almost $70,000 since 2014. We couldn't have done this without the support of our friends and families. We will never stop fundraising for a cure.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with AKBTC for the last 7 years as a supporter and champion of raising awareness and funds for pediatric brain cancer research. I have found the foundation to be extremely transparent and goal-oriented. Their mission is clear: to find a cure for pediatric brain cancer, the #1 cause of cancer-related death in children. As a parent of a child who battled a brain tumor, I am intimately familiar with the current treatments for this disease. We desperately need less toxic and gentler treatments and a CURE for this heinous disease and I am forever grateful to AKBTC for leading the charge in funding treatment break-throughs.