In honor of National Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Stryker employees are participating in a month-long move-a-thon, where every mile they walk, run or dance will turn into $1 donated to the National Brain Tumor Society. This initiative is sponsored by our Neurosurgical team as they strive to advance neurosurgery and transform lives.
According to the National Brain Tumor Society, 84,170 people in the United States will receive a primary brain tumor diagnosis in 2021.1 For those who do receive this diagnosis, it’s important that they have treatment options to choose from and educational resources for themselves and their family as they move through treatment. The National Brain Tumor Society advocates for these resources in addition to a team that works to pass national policies intended to improve the lives of brain tumor patients.2 "This month, we're proud to partner with the society to support, empower and amplify the voice of the brain tumor community as we work to advance neurosurgery and transform lives," said Jim Marucci, vice president and general manager of Stryker's Neurosurgical business.
According to the National Brain Tumor Society, “the brain tumor experience is full of extraordinary darkness and extraordinary hope. The gray area that falls in between is what drives us, unrelentingly, toward our shared mission of conquering and curing brain tumors—once and for all.3 Use #GoGrayInMay or #GrayMay to show how you’re taking action and raising awareness to make lasting change for the brain tumor community.”3
Passionate employees take steps towards new brain cancer treatments
In 2019, Stryker released the Sonopet iQ Ultrasonic Aspirator, a technology that helps surgeons address spinal decompression and work near critical blood vessels and nerves while removing fibrous tumors, including malignant brain tumors. In under two years, Sonopet iQ has been used in 24,000 procedures. The technology was developed to advance neurosurgical care.
Today, Stryker employees are bringing awareness to this form of cancer by participating in a month-long move-a-thon. Every mile they walk, run or dance will turn into $1 donated to the National Brain Tumor Society to support research, up to $25,000. Employees will help the National Brain Tumor Society spread awareness of the disease while reinforcing our shared vision of providing better patient outcomes.
“Brain cancer patients and their families exhibit strength and courage throughout their journey. It’s a privilege to support initiatives like this that are working to find a cure,” said Dylan Crotty, president of Stryker’s Instruments division.
David F. Arons, JD, Chief Executive Officer of the National Brain Tumor Society says, “Brain tumors are some of the toughest and most complex diseases on the planet. The generous support of sponsors like Stryker will improve the delivery of care in pursuit of better outcomes for patients.”
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