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Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) Drives Breakthroughs in Research

Over the last 15 years, and with more goals in 2016, ABC2 (Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure) advances breakthroughs in brain cancer research. Learn more in a conversation with Max Wallace the ABC2 CEO.
As cancer patients learn about the cancer world through their journey, cancer nonprofits often come into the picture. In my quest dealing with a brain tumor since 1998, I’ve utilized extensive resources with brain tumor nonprofits, meetings, conferences and community through family, friends, work, clubs and other meaningful sources. Along with receiving, I also engaged in giving through supporting cancer patients, fundraising for nonprofits and hospitals, lobbying Congress during Brain Tumor Awareness Month and through my professional work, speaking in front of the Capitol in Washington DC regarding brain tumors, delivering presentations at brain tumor events for the Senate and members of Congress, brain tumor conferences, cancer nonprofits, hospitals and various businesses.
In 2001, I read about Dan Case, co-founder of Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2)  who was also dealing with brain cancer himself. Together with his wife Stacey Case, his brother Steve Case and his wife Jean Case, the organization was started. They turned their family’s pain into purpose:  to speed the pace of research that will lead to new brain cancer therapies and, ultimately, a cure. Since 2001, ABC2 has awarded over $20 million to fund brain tumor research.
Over the last 15 years, I’ve learned more about ABC2 and the unique approach their dedicated team takes to advancing brain cancer breakthroughs. I’ve also had a chance to get to know their trailblazing CEO, Max Wallace. Recently I connected with Max to ask some questions about ABC2, specifics about brain cancer, education with resources, and strategies toward cures.
What are challenges in brain cancer that ABC2 helps address?

Compared to other cancer types, biology itself in brain cancer presents an especially difficult challenge. The brain is contained and protected by both the skull and the blood brain barrier. As a result, it’s very difficult to access. It also has many different cell types, all connected to work interactively to control our key bodily functions. This explains major reasons for uniquely specific and selective treatment approaches. Because some people with advanced brain cancer often have poor life expectancies, time may not be available for multiple diagnostic or therapeutic interventions, which makes treatment and research difficult.
What does ABC2 provide when brain cancer patients and caregivers are seeking information?  

We’ve created a curated guide to the best brain tumor resources on the web. In the "What Now?" section of ABC2’s website, anyone can find helpful information about brain tumor facts, clinical trials and resources in 10 Steps. From diagnosis, research, decision-making, treatments and clinical trials, 10 Steps addresses those topics and others such as owning health records, tumor tissue and testing your tumor’s genetic makeup. Emphasized in 10 Steps and with more specified information in another section, ABC2 provides brain tumor centers that lists the centers specializing in brain tumor treatments across the country. These centers provide the most experienced doctors, have the best technology and have access to the some of the most promising clinical trials.
How does ABC2 specifically focus on funding research?

We believe that a nimble, focused and aggressive entrepreneurial funding approach will increase the number of therapies discovered and then enable those therapies to be more rapidly driven into the clinic. Revolutions in science come from challenging the conventional wisdom. ABC2 partners with scientists, physicians and drug companies to push the limits of science and technology as well as solve key issues and enable new treatments for brain cancer.

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Jeannine Walston is a brain tumor survivor since 1998, cancer coach, writer, consultant and speaker. Her extensive work includes for the U.S. Congress, cancer non-profits, NCI, FDA, NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, hospitals, clinics, doctors, providers, other businesses, cancer patients and caregivers.
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