Social & Emotional Support

Contact our CareLine

For brain tumor information and resources, call 800-886-ABTA (2282) or fill out our contact form and a CareLine staff member will be in touch within 1 business day.

Available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT.

ABTA CareLine staff can assist you with a variety of resources, including:

  • Brain tumor educational resources
  • Information on treatment and care
  • Finding brain tumor treatment centers
  • Social-emotional support resources
  • Info for the newly diagnosed
  • Resources for caregivers
  • Financial assistance resources
  • Finding clinical trials
  • Info on common symptoms and side effects

**Please note that ABTA is not able to answer complex medical questions or offer medical advice. Questions of a medical nature that cannot be answered through ABTA resources (i.e., ABTA website or other reputable online sources) should be directed to medical professionals.


Looking for one-on-one support?

ABTA CommYOUnity™ Connect is a free mentor matching service that pairs brain tumor patients, survivors, and caregivers with mentors who have been through a similar situation. Connecting with a mentor provides the opportunity to ask personal questions and receive support from someone who is uniquely familiar with the brain tumor experience. Our trained volunteer mentors offer social-emotional support and share their experience with brain tumor diagnosis, treatment, and care.


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Mindee Plugues


Mindee J. Plugues, of Los Angeles, CA, is vice president, marketing for the Applebee’s brand and brings skills including brand strategy, executive leadership, and marketing to the board. Plugues has been an ABTA donor since April 2001, following her father’s passing from GBM. She is also a former member of the ABTA endurance program, Team Breakthrough.

Bob Kruchten


Bob Kruchten, of Mount Prospect, IL, is a sales manager at Extreme Reach, a leading advertising technology company. He has strong skills in communications and fundraising, and has been advocating for the ABTA for 19 years in tribute to his best friend, Paul Fabbri, who lost his 10-year battle with GBM in 1998. Kruchten accepted the ABTA’s Joel A. Gingras Jr. Award in 2015 on behalf of the Paul Fabbri Memorial Fund.