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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital hosted an Ependymoma Awareness Day
May 17, 2024, 14:48

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital hosted an Ependymoma Awareness Day

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital shared a post on LinkedIn:

“In many cultures, the butterfly represents change and hope. For those living with or affected by ependymoma, the butterfly is a symbol to share awareness of the disease, honor loved ones, and support research efforts. St. Jude hosted an Ependymoma Awareness Day event by releasing butterflies to raise awareness about the rare disease in partnership with the Collaborative Ependymoma Research Network Foundation (CERN).

St. Jude patients, faculty and staff gathered in the HOPE garden to hear from Amar Gajjar MD, Chair of the St. Jude Department of Pediatric Medicine, Stephen Mack PhD, Associate Member of the St. Jude Department of Developmental Neurobiology and Kelsey Bertrand, MSc, MBBS, FAAP, Assistant Member of the St. Jude Department of Oncology, on the rare cancer of the brain or spinal cord that affects both children and adults.

‘A part of spreading awareness is really just establishing connections. One lab or one doctor isn’t going to solve this challenge,’ said Mack. ‘Rather, it’ll be the collective efforts of institutions, researchers, foundations, patients, parents and their families who support them.’

Ependymoma is the third most common type of brain tumor in children. About 200 are diagnosed with ependymoma in the United States each year. To raise awareness, the CERN Foundation and St. Jude release butterflies symbolizing hope through change.”

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Source: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital/LinkedIn