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    Brain Matters, Inc.

    Brain Matters has been created to bring awareness to the public about brain tumors; this is a personal mission. Heidi Gottlieb, the Founder and Director of Brain Matters was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor 20 years ago, since then she’s had two brain surgeries, and two rounds of radiation. Her vision has been compromised, so is her ability to swallow, she’s deaf in one ear, her vocal chord is paralyzed; she deals with many other side effects daily, but most importantly, she’s Still Standing…many others are not as lucky. Because brain cancer is relatively uncommon compared to other cancers, there isn’t enough attention given to the need for more fund raising and research. Non-cancerous brain tumors are equally uncommon, and can be just as life-threatening because of their location. It’s for that reason that Heidi Gottlieb intends to be Walking Miles 4 Brain Matters. She is walking because she can. This is the same route she and her husband took every week for two months in 2008, so that the brain tumor she has could be treated at Mass General Hospital’s Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center. She will be stopping at the neighborhoods and towns along the way, reaching out to the people in these towns. Prior to leaving on October 1st from her home town in Port Washington, NY she will be connecting to the schools in the towns along the walking route. With the help and support of the Head Masters, Principals, Key Clubs, and Social Workers connected to these schools in each local area, the kids at these schools will walk with Heidi, helping raise attention to the need for more medical research funding and early detection. We intend to film the entire walk and to interview people along the way; some of these people may have dealt with brain tumors-either themselves or in their family. We will talk to them about what their experiences have been-we believe this will make an engaging documentary film. This will be another way of widening the sphere of knowledge about brain tumors. Part of the funds that are raised will be donated to Massachusetts General Hospital’s Proton Therapy Center. This Proton Therapy Center is one of only nine Centers in the country; without this Center, Heidi would probably not be able to be Walking Miles 4 Brain Matters perhaps she wouldn’t even be alive today, nor might many other people. Brain Matters funds will also go towards medical research for brain tumors and early detection, with the hope that one day there will be a higher survivor rate and a lower mortality rate. The walk and documentary is just the beginning of what we’re hoping to be able to accomplish.

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    25 Locust Ave, Alberta, 11050

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