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2nd Annual Libertyville High School’s Care in Color Run

May 7, 2016
Libertyville High School Student Council is thrilled to announce that our 2nd annual LHS Care in Color Run will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 12:00 p.m – 2:00 p.m. This annual event is only successful with the...
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The Michael Matters Foundation, Inc.
was founded in honor of a wonderful father,
husband and man, Michael P. Schostok, who
succumbed to a Glioblastoma Brain Tumor at a young age.

Our Foundation’s mission is to increase public awareness of this disease, and raise funds to provide desperately needed financial assistance to Chicago area individuals and their family members who suffer from the inevitable impacts of brain cancer.

The Michael Matters Grant

You Are Making a Difference

The Michael Matters Foundation partnered with NorthShore University HealthSystems in 2014 to create a grant providing financial assistance to brain cancer patients receiving care at the NorthShore University HealthSystem Kellogg Cancer Center, located at Evanston Hospital.  In 2015, we completed a similar partnership with Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center at Central DuPage Hospital, located in Warrenville, Illinois. 

Both grants are designed to help patients maintain their quality of life during their treatment. To date, more than $100,000.00 has been donated to these Michael Matters Grants, and more than a dozen families have been positively impacted by these funds. Your donations matter and make a difference. Read about how past donations have mattered and impacted families in-need. 

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A Message from Dr. Merrell

Poliovirus for Glioblastoma – What’s all the buzz?

dr-ryan-merrellA recent story on 60 Minutes profiled a novel treatment for glioblastoma using an attenuated polio virus.  The program highlighted two patients treated on the clinical trial who achieved seemingly spectacular outcomes. These patients were more than three years out from when their tumors grew back.  Is this the holy grail for curing glioblastoma?  Should we be sending all of our patients for the poliovirus trial at Duke?

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New Update on Brain Tumors from Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO)

What is new in Brain Tumors? November was the annual Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO) meeting in San Antonio.  This meeting is a four day meeting that involves educational activities and numerous research presentations.  These presentations cover a wide range of topics from basic science studies (lab work, advances in genetic characterization of tumors), to preclinical studies in mice, to clinical studies in humans. One of the most important presentation at the SNO meeting was a European phase III study in recurrent glioblastoma (GBM) of the combination of bevacizumab (Avastin) with lomustine (CCNU) versus Avastin alone.  A previous phase II study…

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