Third Annual Minds Matter Benefit Raises More Than $800,000 to Support Brain Tumor Research and Programs

More than $800,000 was raised in support of brain cancer research at the Third Annual Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute (NBTI) Minds Matter Benefit dinner on Friday, September 30. NBTI is a nationally recognized leader in the fight against brain and spinal cord tumors. The institute was launched by the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, in partnership with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, to accelerate efforts to advance research breakthroughs and to improve treatment, outcomes, and quality of life for patients with brain and spinal tumors.

Actress, comedienne and television producer Bonnie Hunt was a special guest at the event, which was held at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. Hunt previously worked as an oncology nurse at Northwestern Memorial. The 488 guests enjoyed dinner and a live auction, as well as dancing and musical entertainment provided by Gentlemen of Leisure. A special video highlighted the inspiring stories of four NBTI patients, who were guests of NBTI at the dinner. Minds Matter was made possible through the generosity of presenting sponsors Drs. Rudy, Asma, Elias and Randa Sabbagha.

“We are extremely grateful for the support Minds Matter has received over the past three years; it’s wonderful to see so many people come together to fund research and clinical trials that advance knowledge and how we treat brain cancer,” said Jeffrey Raizer, MD, co-director of NBTI, medical director of neuro-oncology at Northwestern Memorial, and associate professor of neurology at the Feinberg School.

Fundraising events such as Minds Matter not only help raise money for research and patient care, but also shine a spotlight on the cause. “Support from the community is vital in helping increase brain cancer awareness and to raise funds which support the life-saving research that helps us find better treatment options and ultimately, a cure,” added James Chandler, MD, co-director of NBTI, surgical director of neuro-oncology at Northwestern Memorial and associate professor of neurological surgery at the Feinberg School.

To make a donation to NBTI or learn more about future fundraising events, visit or call 312-926-8656.

NBTI is a comprehensive program which merges clinical research with medical and surgical treatment for brain and spinal tumor patients. The Institute offers state-of-the-art clinical care while also providing the resources and support necessary for patients and their families to meet the challenges of living with a brain tumor. To learn more about NBTI, call 1-855-695-NBTI (6284).

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