About Us

Our Dedicated Team Focused on Helping Brain Tumor Patients

Brain Tumor Support Group


Photo Credit:
Liz Stubbs Photography


Photo Credit:
Liz Stubbs Photography


Photo Credit:
Liz Stubbs Photography

Board Members

SBTF Board

Our Board

SBTF Board members have all been touched by a brain tumor diagnosis. As a result, each is dedicated to raising funds for brain tumor research. Also, each member works diligently to provide support and outreach for those in the brain tumor community.

We know the feeling of isolation, confusion, and fear. We understand the importance of being hugged, and we treasure the talents of those who are good listeners.

We are your SBTF Board of Directors, diverse in background but all focused on the same outcome. We are patients, we are healthcare providers, we are caregivers, we are researchers. We work in a voluntary, unpaid capacity, and we are consumed with our mission to find a cure for brain tumors.

We are proud to serve you and to be of service to you.

Officers and Staff

SBTF President
vp John
SBTF Secretary
SBTF Treasurer

Board Members: (In Alpha Order)


Our Scientific Advisory Committee members are involved in discussions which seek out and identify opportunities in which the SBTF might collaborate, or partner, with other organizations to identify, uncover, collect, and review research grant proposals. The Committee strives to identify which research grants proposals contain the most promising research pointed to deliver effective treatments for results. The Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation has no obligatory financial affiliation with a research institution or organization. We don’t care who finds the cure, just that a cure is found.

From the President

Board bios Kelly

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.

To learn more about the SBTF, speak to a member of our board or volunteer, please contact us at (786) 505-SBTF or via email at info@sbtf.org.

With hope for a cure,

Kelly Turner
2020-2021 President, Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation


The SBTF Board meets monthly in a face-to-face setting either in person or via web conference. Our Board members are not compensated for their service and complete an annual Conflict of Interest document. Financial statements are reviewed by a CPA who also prepares and files our annual IRS 990 Form.

2020 Breakdown of Dollar Given

Our Stewardship

The Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation strives to assure at least $0.65 of each dollar is spent directly on programs including research grants, scholarships, support groups and patient initiatives.

Our lifetime average is $0.80 per dollar directly funding our programs.