From the President
SBTF President Kelly Turner
I’m Kelly Turner, your SBTF President. My journey with brain tumors began in 2007 with my mother’s Glioblastoma diagnosis. After a 16-month battle, it ended the way many GBM journeys end, with her death. After this devastating loss, I wanted to ﬁnd a way to continue the ﬁght against brain tumors. I became involved with the SBTF as a participant in the Race For Research 5k. I created a team and became a team captain. About four years later, I found my way to the Foundation’s Board of Directors. This year, I am honored to continue to serve as your president; this is an amazing organization.
The SBTF is a 501(c)(3) not-for-proﬁt voluntary health organization and public charity. Our primary mission is to improve the quality of life for brain tumor patients and their families and to provide funding for research so that a cure for brain tumors can be found. SBTF Board members are volunteers; we come from diﬀerent backgrounds and have regular jobs and regular daily stresses. We are current patients, healthcare professionals, and survivors. We are those touched by a friend or family member’s diagnosis, and we are those who support the SBTF’s mission. It is our common dedication to the SBTF that brings us together and enables us to succeed.
Over the last 25 years, the SBTF has funded almost $3 million in research grants. This funding resulted from the success of our annual fundraisers, the Race for Research, which is held in the fall in Atlanta, Georgia, and our spring event, the Muddy Duck Dash, held in Gainesville, Georgia. Event registration, individual donations, and fundraising, as well as the ever-important support and sponsorship by local corporations, enable us to fund brain tumor research.
In addition to raising funds for research, the SBTF oﬀers support groups led by a nurse practitioner. Our support groups oﬀer a safe and supportive environment for patients and families to share their experiences and receive support. The SBTF also strives to educate the brain tumor community by providing regular research updates and making available resource information for those aﬀected by the disease.
We provide support, hope, and courage to those impacted by brain tumors. We oﬀer a Voices of Hope Scholarship to students entering college who have themselves been or family members diagnosed with a brain tumor. In addition, we provide patient support services to patients in the midst of treatment.
It is you, our fellow advocates, who have enabled this organization to support the brain tumor community’s necessary emotional, informational, and scientific needs. We deeply appreciate your invaluable contributions.
With hope for a cure,
2020-2022 President, Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation