Winter 2005 Issue

Racing Towards A More Promising Future For Cancer Patients

Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates has established itself at the forefront of clinical research on a national level - all without the resources of a local academic medical center. To help garner local support for brain tumor research efforts in this region, the practice established the Brain Tumor Fund of the Carolinas (BTFC). This fund relies on philanthropic contributions to sustain its efforts to provide new technologies,clinical research, and support services for brain tumor patients. This year, the first Charlotte Criterium was held to generate awareness of brain tumors and contributions for the BTFC. This televised professional cycling event drew 30,000 people to uptown Charlotte to watch teams from 12 nations compete for the largest purse in Criterium racing. In kind donations to the 2004 Charlotte Criterum and associated events totaled approximately $700,000, resulting in a net contribution of over $250,000 to hte BTFC.

The first charlotte Criterium raised awareness and funds for brain tumor research in this region.
"Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates was proud to be a sponsor of this race,” said Dr. Asher, who, along with James Palermo, is a co-founder of the BTFC. “We are very pleased with the success of the inaugural event and look forward to the second annual Charlotte Criterium on August 6, 2005.”

The Charlotte Criterium was part of a multifaceted effort to generate funds for the BTFC. One week prior to the Criterium, Mr. Roger Staubach spoke to hundreds of people at an uptown fund-raising dinner. Two days later, over 500 amateur cyclists competed in the second annual 24-Hour Challenge sponsored by Beazer Homes in Myers Park. This event alone raised over $100,000, most of which was donated to the BTFC, with the remainder going to associated causes, such as the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Both of these events will be repeated prior to next year’s Criterium.

For more information regarding the Charlotte Criterium, Brain Tumor Fund of the Carolinas, or the brain tumor services of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, call 704-821-0110.



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