Delaware Softball Partnering With National Brain Tumor Society During Saturday's Doubleheader vs. Georgia State
April 16, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware softball team will be partnering with the National Brain Tumor Society for a “Get Your Head in the Game” doubleheader when the Blue Hens host Georgia State on Saturday, April 21 at 12 noon.
The Blue Hens will be wearing orange awareness bracelets and orange initiative awareness stickers on their uniforms during the day, while a table will be set up with wristband giveaways and awareness literature. Additionally, a member of the National Brain Tumor Society will throw out the first pitch prior to the first game of the twinbill.
There are more than 600,000 people in the United States living with a primary brain tumor diagnosis, while more than 60,000 adults and children will be newly diagnosed this year.
Because brain tumors are located at the control center for thought, emotion and movement, their effects on an individual’s physical and cognitive abilities can be devastating. The first-year survival rate after diagnosis with a primary malignant brain/central nervous system tumor is 35.10 percent while the five-year survival rate for glioblastoma, the most common and deadly brain cancer, is 4.46 percent.
Brain tumors are the leading cause of death from solid tumors in children under the age of 20, and are the third leading cause of death from cancer in young adults ages 20-39.
There are few known risk factors for brain tumors and no strategies for early detection. Symptoms of brain tumors can be attributed to other conditions, leading to delays in diagnosis. Treatment is complex and even when it is successful in treating the tumor, it can result in damage to the brain and devastating after-affects.
"I wanted to support something that was near and dear to my heart,” said University of Delaware softball head coach Jaime Wohlbach. “It's been a year and a half since my father passed away after battling brain cancer. I have first hand knowledge of the importance of supporting organizations for research and family assistance for people with brain cancer. I am very happy that "Get Your Head in the Game" will be joining us to educate the community."
information at www.getyourheadinthegame.org was used in this release