Throughout our lifetime, we have all been affected by cancer in some way, whether it’s through a family member, a friend, co-worker, acquaintance, mentor—or even ourselves. Cancer does not discriminate and has now become one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Today, there are more than a 100 types of active cancers characterized by abnormal cell growth, one of them being brain cancer.
At present there are nearly 700,000 people in the United States living with primary brain tumors, with an additional 69,000 more to be diagnosed later this year. While it is unknown what causes these cancers of the brain, there are currently more than 120 different types affecting patients with only four FDA approved treatments available.
Doing right for others means doing right for ourselves, and actress and philanthropist Maureen Van Zandt does just that. Spending much of her life bringing awareness for charities and causes in dire need of attention, Van Zandt is altruistic and warmhearted when it comes to helping others. This month, the multi-talented artist is raising money for brain cancer research through the best way she knows how—a charity dinner auction.