National Brain Tumor Society

Joan O’Brien and Katie-Rose Tuttle join us on this podcast to discuss a unique topic – brain tumors. Joan is a local Pinehurst resident who lost her husband to a brain tumor in 2015. Katie-Rose Tuttle is the Regional Director of Development for the National Brain Tumor Society. Together, they are hosting a garden party on October 21 (6-9pm) and a walk on October 22 (9am) to raise funds for the National Brain Tumor Society. More information can be found at

There are over 120 types of brain tumors and only 4 drugs and one device available to treat them. There is no cure. Though it may seem like an obscure disease, nearly 4,000 people will be diagnosed with a brain tumor in North and South Carolina this year. In the United States, 700,000 people are living with a brain tumor and 77,000 will be diagnosed this year. The rate of diagnosis is increasing every year. The most startling fact is the brain tumors have now taken the number one spot as the leading cancer killer of kids. The reason this disease is so deadly is that more research needs to be done to find better treatments. More research means more money and it’s not financially prudent for drug companies to invest in such a small demographic. That’s where the National Brain Tumor Society comes in to fund the research gap. Events held by NBTS around the country raise that critically needed funding.

That funding could reveal a treatment that could save thousands of lives, like Steve O’Brien, Joan O’Brien’s late husband or Kate Ulrich, a young, vibrant local woman at the end stages of her battle with an Anaplastic Astrocytoma. Joan and her family and Kate and her family have rallied together to fight this terrible disease by raising funds so that one day others won’t have to endure such a terrible diagnosis. We hope you will join Kate, Joan and others in our community to fight back against brain tumors. For more information, please go to or reach out to Katie-Rose directly at

Katie-Rose Tuttle

Regional Director of Development, Capital and Southeast

(Based in North Carolina)

National Brain Tumor Society

55 Chapel Street, Suite 200

Newton, MA 02458

t. 919 323 1922

f. 617 924 9998

Join us this year at a Walk or Race!

Baltimore Brain Tumor Walk | 9/10/16 |

Virginia Beach Walk | October 1, 2016 |

Pinehurst Garden Party & Walk | October 21 & 22, 2016 |

Mans’ Jam | October 23, 2016 |

Charlotte Brain Tumor Race| April 1, 2017 |

Charleston Brain Tumor Walk | May 6, 2017 |

Unite with us to fight brain tumors – learn how to get involved today!

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