Brain Tumor Alliance’s Mission is to provide emotional and financial support for families affected with brain tumors while also raising awareness and funding for research and clinical trials.
New Brand. Same Mission
Barb and Bob Gibbs initially founded Brain Tumor Alliance in Clearwater, Florida in 2008 under the name Miles for Hope.
Debbie and the rest of the team continued to follow the vision that the organization had already laid out which included venturing into various cities across the country organizing race events that would help fund brain tumor research as well as financial aid for brain tumor patients and their families.
In 2014, Miles for Hope harnessed a newfound energy and wanted to expand beyond just race themed events, thus igniting the concept to rebrand as Brain Tumor Alliance.
This new name and vision provided everyone a clear understanding of what the organization does and greater flexibility to expand beyond the “races for research model”. “Over the years, the human element of this organization has been overshadowed by the research aspect. Our goal is to bring back the 'who' in what our organization stands for” explains Sylvia Thoma, events coordinator. The size of the organization and the connections they have allow the Brain Tumor Alliance to do something many larger organizations can’t—make individual connections with survivors and their families to provide important resources they desperately need.
To date, Brain Tumor Alliance has donated $600,000 to brain tumor research, clinical trials and community donations. In addition reaching numerous cancer patients with over $24,000 worth of financial assistance to get them to and from treatment centers.