LOS ANGELES — Mike Garson, longtime pianist and composer for David Bowie, will headline a concert and fundraiser for the Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium (CBTTC) at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night, May 20.
The consortium’s mission is to share Big Data research, find cures and improve tailored treatments for children diagnosed with brain tumors and rare diseases.
Tailored treatments can provide a huge improvement in the quality of life for kids with cancer. Such research and treatment are part of former Vice President Joe Biden’s “Cancer Moonshot” to eliminate cancer.
“The difference [tailored treatment] makes for the patient will be like going from a ‘one size fits all’ garment to a custom-made suit,” said Amanda Haddock, a mother who lost her teenage son to brain cancer. She now runs the Dragon Master Foundation to fund cancer research in his honor.
“No longer will doctors have to guess what treatment might work, but based on your exact characteristics, they will be able to prescribe a drug that will be most effective for you,” Haddock said.
The CBTTC is led by Drs. Jay Storm and Adam Resnick, out of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The doctors will attend the concert and speak about their important research and advances in the field. Their work was included in Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot initiative because it answered his call to de-silo data by providing free and open access to brain tumor data to researchers throughout the world.
CBTTC’s research aids kids like Graydon Arroyo, 17, pictured with his mother Michelle. He’s lived with a brain tumor since he was 9.
More About the Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium
The Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium is a multi-institutional, collaborative research partnership dedicated to improving treatments and outcomes for children diagnosed with brain tumors.
The nucleus of the CBTTC is a state-of-the-art biorepository and informatics portal, which allows researchers from all over the world to share and access high-quality genomic and clinical tumor data.
The CBTTC is currently composed of 15 member institutions from around the world including the operations center located at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. For more information, visit cbttc.org.
About Mike Garson
Mike Garson is a pianist and composer best known for his professional relationship with David Bowie, which began in 1971. Garson made his mark on numerous Bowie albums and traveled thousands of miles on Bowie tours.
Garson’s solid reputation for creativity and quality resulted in working with greats including No Doubt, Alicia Keys, Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins and Stanley Clarke, among many others. To date, Garson has composed more than 4,000 pieces of music that have touched countless people.
For more information, visit mikegarson.com.
To purchase tickets for the “Cancer: The Urgency of Now – An Evening with Mike Garson” concert, visit http://www.acehotel.com/calendar/losangeles/cbttc. All proceeds will provide CBTTC the resources to further expand the organization’s reach.
The preceding was an edit of a press release provided by Hammeras Group.
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