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Support Mike Slonina in A Shot for Life, on Saturday, April 13 from 11 A.M. to 4 P.M. at Quinnipiac University, benefiting the Brain Tumor Center at Mass General

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Mike Slonina is hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Quinnipiac University on April 13 to support the Brain Tumor Center at Mass General. Make a gift

Mike Slonina is hosting a  3-on-3 basketball tournament at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut on Saturday, April 13 from 11 A.M. to 4 P.M. to raise money for brain tumor research, proceeds to go to the Brain Tumor Center at Mass General. Make a gift

This is a personal cause for Mike, but it’s a fundraiser that could impact the lives of many. His mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor in February 2010. Thought to be malignant when first detected, her prognosis is now much more optimistic. Too deeply imbedded to safely biopsy her team of doctors will monitor the tumor several times a year for the foreseeable future. As an only child raised by his mother Mike wanted to turn a difficult personal situation into something that has the potential to help others.

"I have no siblings so it's always been just me and my mom," he says. "At first they actually thought that she might have surgery right away so she canceled all of her photography jobs. She's doing better right now and her prognosis looks good, her next big appointment is in February. This fundraiser is for all of those people whose lives are on the line or are struggling with the uncertainty that comes with having a brain tumor."

Though brain tumors are a more frequent cause of cancer in children than adults, overall survival rates among children tend to be higher. Sixty-six percent of children under the age of 20 will still be living five years after being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. In contrast, the five-year survival rate for adult men and women is 29 percent and 32 percent, respectively.

Funding research to find new treatments for both benign and malignant brain tumors can help save lives. 100% of the donations raised will go directly to the Curry Research Lab at the Massachusetts General Hospital Brain Tumor Center.

Please support the cause by coming to Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut on April 13, 2013. Whatever amount you can donate will be appreciated.

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