It was an emotional Tumor Trooper 5K and Walk on Saturday as participants paid tribune to event founder Charlie Henderson who lost his seven-year battle with brain cancer nearly a year ago. Dozens turned out for the annual event at the Rome Airport that helps the Georgia Chapter of the Pediatrics Brain Tumor Foundation provide critical programs for families.
Approximately 4,600 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with brain tumors or brain cancer each year; and the outcomes can be devastating. Services of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation include:
- The Butterfly Fund, an emergency financial assistance program that helps with rent, utilities, groceries, gasoline, car insurance and repairs, medical items not covered by insurance, funeral expenses, and much more. Especially important when parents must take unpaid time off from work to care for their child, the Butterfly Fund assists families in AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, SC, TN, and MA at a rate of $440,000 per year.
- Information and education for parents at the time of diagnosis.
- Emotional and social support; networking for parents.
- Funding of research projects to improve treatment options and search for a cure.