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LEARNING, LISTENING AND ‘LEANING IN’ AT THE ABTA 2019 NATIONAL CONFERENCE  Nearly 600 patients, survivors, caregivers, medical professionals, researchers, and industry representatives attended the American

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SHARING THE LIVED EXPERIENCE AT THE ABTA REGIONAL PATIENT & FAMILY MEETINGS The American Brain Tumor Association Regional Patient & Family Meetings are free educational

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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.