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Bring some hope and show some support to those who need it by shining a light and sharing in the observance of Glioblastoma (GBM) Awareness Day. While there is yet to be a cure for this type of brain cancer, the hope is that continued research will provide more advanced treatments as well as a cure!

History of Glioblastoma Awareness Day

Glioblastoma is a type of cancer where cells grow either on the spinal cord or the brain. It’s a rare and fast-growing cancer that mostly affects adults but can have devastating effects on those who have it. Although it is rare, it remains the most common form of primary brain tumor affecting adults.

The initial celebration of Glioblastoma Awareness Day took place in 2019 when it was supported by various members of the US Senate with the hope of leveraging support for research, development of treatments in support of patients and their families.

The purpose of Glioblastoma Awareness Day is to not only improve public awareness of this cancer, but also to show honor and respect to those who are currently living with it or who have lost their lives to glioblastoma.

How to Observe Glioblastoma Awareness Day

Looking for ideas on how to show support for Glioblastoma Awareness Day? Get involved by starting with some of these ideas:

Wear Gray to Show Glioblastoma Support

Most cancers and some other illnesses have a special color that is used to show support for those who are affected by the disease. The ribbon color for brain cancers is gray, offering a nod to the gray matter of the brain. In honor of Glioblastoma Awareness Day, wear a gray ribbon, dress in gray, or fly a gray flag to show support. Perhaps it would be appropriate to take a photo wearing all gray and post it on social media to build awareness in support of the day.

Connect with a Charity

Those who want to do more than just raise awareness but are also able to help out might want to get connected with a non-profit organization that helps people or funds research. In honor of Glioblastoma Awareness Day, consider volunteering for a charity or making a financial donation. Different organizations include the Glioblastoma Research Organization, the American Brain Tumor Association, the National Brain Tumor Society and many others.

Join a Glioblastoma Awareness Day Event

Get involved, build community awareness and raise funds for research by joining a local event in honor of the day. Various 5K walk/run events have been put on through the Head for a Cure Foundation where competitive runners and novices alike are invited to join – including children! Check out their calendar for more info. Those who don’t find a local run might want to start one in their community in honor of Glioblastoma Awareness Day!

Other Days of the Year events on the calendar to show support for brain tumors and other cancers include US Brain Tumor Awareness Month in May, Brain Tumour Awareness Month for Canada in March and Wear a Hat Day on March 29. 

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