Volunteer with the ABTA

The ABTA’s volunteer network is a large and growing movement of passionate individuals from across the country working together to make an impact in the brain tumor community. Choose from a variety of opportunities that match your interests, skills, and availability.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

We host patient and fundraising events nationwide, and volunteers help to make sure they run smoothly.



Host your own event with the help of ABTA’s Breakthrough Your Way program, register for a BT5K Run & Walk , or join our endurance running team – Team Breakthrough.

Become a Mentor

If you are a brain tumor patient or caregiver who would like to help others who are going through a similar situation, please join CommYOUnity™ Connect, the ABTA’s mentorship program. For more information, please call 800-886-2282 or email volunteer@abta.accelerantstudios.com

Volunteer Application

By joining our volunteer network, you can help the ABTA reach more people in more places.

Fill out our volunteer application and tell us your interests, and an ABTA staff member will contact you when an opportunity comes up in your area.

Volunteer Resources

ABTA Orientation – A 30-minute online course required for all new volunteers. Learn about the history of the ABTA, the resources ABTA provides, and how you can get involved.

Volunteer Handbook – Important information for every ABTA volunteer.

Volunteer Talking Points – Facts about brain tumors and the ABTA.

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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.