Team ABTA is made up of dedicated individuals who run, bike or swim the extra mile to raise funds for brain tumor research and patient programs. From people who’ve never run more than a mile to annual marathoners, members of Team ABTA all have a common goal, to find a cure.

Who makes up Team ABTA?

  1. A group of friends biked across Iowa in honor of their friend who was diagnosed with glioblastoma.
  2. A six-year Grade III Anaplastic Astrocytoma survivor runs the Chicago Marathon every year since her diagnosis.
  3. A brain tumor support group leader tackled 13.1 miles for her first-ever race to support patients and their loved ones.

Sunday, May 3, 2020 Registration opens on January 8, 2020. For more information, please email Kali at

Participate in any race or activity of your choosing, and we’ll provide all the tools you’ll need to fundraise.

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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.