Ependymoma Awareness Video

Ependymoma Awareness Day (EAD) was established in 2012 by the CERN Foundation as part of a global effort to shine a light on this poorly understood disease. Our goal with Ependymoma Awareness Day is to increase public recognition of this rare tumor, highlight the importance of an accurate diagnosis, and the urgent need for better targeted treatments in order to improve the outcomes for those living with this disease.

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CERN Foundation Releases Ependymoma Community Blog Series

CERN Foundation Releases Ependymoma Community Blog Series

Featuring a collection of articles written by members of the ependymoma community. Some authors are ependymoma survivors and others are care partners. They share their advice to help others with ependymoma cope with their illness.

  • Apr30

    Hope Themed Creative Writing Project Raises Awareness for Ependymoma
    In preparation for the 2024 Ependymoma Awareness Day event, the CERN Foundation issued a call for creative writing pieces on the theme of hope. Ependymoma community members from all over the world submitted original short stories and poems in order to raise awareness for the rare disease and recognize the importance of hope. Often, people use creative writing to express thoughts and feelings that might otherwise be difficult to share. In addition, writing can help a person process their experience and offer overall wellness benefits. Sharing these individual stories with the larger community provides support and a reminder that you aren’t alone. Submissions were used for various awareness activities and shared with the community.

  • Feb7

    New Grant Aims to Jumpstart Treatment Development for Patients with Rare Pediatric Ependymal Tumors
    National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) is excited to announce that Johannes Gojo, MD, PhD, of Medical University of Vienna (Medizinischen Universität Wien), is the recipient of the first-ever CERN PFA Ependymoma Translational Research Award.

  • Dec7

    Taking Your Life Back After Ependymoma
    Ependymoma Community Blogger Matt Cotcher describes a view into the complexities of reclaiming life after a brain or spinal tumor diagnosis and treatment. Cotcher empowers readers to take an active role in moving forward. He shares "Acknowledge the change that comes with treatment and focus on small tasks that can be accomplished." Read more to learn about his personal experience with accepting change and taking steps to reconnect with life as he knows it.

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