The Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance (CTBTA) held their 5K Run/Walk in honor and support of brain tumor patients at Jennings Beach in Fairfield on Saturday, September 29, 2018. The event drew a record turn out and was sponsored by Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center. Monies from the event go to patient support and research for brain tumors. Dr. Maxwell Laurans, a Yale neurosurgeon specialized in spine surgery, and Matthew Long, son of Anne Long, nurse coordinator for Yale Neurosurgical Oncology, both received awards for the fastest times in their respective age brackets for the 5K run.
Yale brain tumor neurosurgeon, Dr. Jennifer Moliterno, served as the Honorary Chair for the event. She had the privilege of presenting her mentor, Dr. Joe Piepmeier, with a Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his remarkable 40 year career in surgically treating patients with brain tumors. Dr. Piepmeier, who recently passed his title of Section Chief of Neurosurgical Oncology to Dr. Moliterno after an impressive 30 years, remains busy in practice and continues to actively care for new patients. He is responsible for starting and building the Brain Tumor Program at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center into the multidisciplinary team of world renowned physicians and scientists it is today.
The event also served as a kick off for the new electronic version of our Brain Tumor Program Navigator, spearheaded by Dr. Moliterno and implemented by Brian Shear and Kanwal Haq, with the goal of providing more comprehensive and seamless care for brain tumor patients of Connecticut and beyond.
For more information or to schedule a consultation with any of our brain tumor providers or our brain tumor patient support offerings, please call 203-785-2791.