The ABTA is committed to:
  • Increasing research funding.
  • Improving the quality of information available to patients and their caregivers.
  • Boosting the number of newly diagnosed patients who get information they need right away, so they can make informed treatment decisions.
  • Serving as the voice of the brain tumor community.

Here are some of the ways we’ve made an impact in 2017.


Total raised: $2,253,005 Participants: 13,361 Teams: 929

Team Breakthrough

  • 136 Team Breakthrough members
  • $181,837 raised total

Volunteer Fundraising Events

Total raised: $553,804 Number of events: 57


  • Awarded $1,215,000 in grants to 18 new projects
    • $400,000 funded 2 Research Collaboration Grants
    • $500,000 funded 5 Basic Research Fellowship Grants
    • $300,000 funded 6 Discovery Grants
    • $15,000 funded 5 Medical Student Summer Fellowship Grants


  • More than 2,000 brain tumor patients and caregivers were connected with information and resources
  • 75% of those who contact CareLine report that the information and resources provided were helpful or very helpful
  • 55% report feeling less distressed after speaking with CareLine staff


  • Over 17,000 users on Connections

CommYOUnity™ Connect

  • 140 brain tumor patients and caregivers were connected with a peer mentor


  • 340 brain tumor patients and caregivers interacted with the TrialConnect navigator

Trial Connect Navigator

  • 140 were referred to appropriate clinical trials

Partners in Treatment & Care

Total Attendees: 187 Patients/Caregivers: 90 Other Family Members: 11 Health Care Professionals: 8 Speakers: 27 Volunteers: 16 Other: 41 We hope that you will join us in advancing this important work. Ways to Donate
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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.