Start a Support Group

The ABTA is committed to making brain tumor patient and caregiver support resources available in every community. As part of that effort, we have designed a brain tumor support group facilitator training program. By training support group leaders, we are helping to meet the unique needs and challenges of brain tumor patients and caregivers in communities nationwide.

Watch the video series

**These videos were previously offered as part of our Support Group Facilitator (SGF) Training Program through which nurses and social workers could earn CEU. If you participated in the program and need to print your SGF certificates, please click here

“Organizing and Facilitating a Support Group” Downloadable Pamphlet

This pamphlet offers guidance and suggestions for those who want to form a new brain tumor support group.

Educational Presentations

The ABTA offers free downloads of brain tumor educational presentations. These slideshows, all of which have been clinically vetted, are useful tools to help you prompt discussion about the concerns often raised after a brain tumor diagnosis.

Use these free, customizable presentations as educational material for your newly diagnosed patients or as supplemental material for brain tumor support groups. Each presentation offers easy-to-follow content and a pre-written facilitator’s script.

Presentation Topics: 

  • Brain Tumor 101
  • Caregiver Coping
  • Cognitive Side Effects
  • Getting the Help You Need
  • Financial and Legal Concerns
  • Physical Symptoms and Side Effects
  • Returning to Work and School
  • Talking with Children about a Brain Tumor Diagnosis
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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.