Barrow Magazine Spring 2019

Happening Now

Senators Tour Ivy Brain Tumor Center, Sponsor Glioblastoma Awareness Day

IN APRIL, the Ivy Brain Tumor Center at Barrow Neurological Institute had the honor of hosting both of Arizona’s U.S. senators and sharing the latest breakthroughs from our groundbreaking Phase 0/2 clinical trials for patients with the most aggressive brain tumors.

“What’s happening right here in Arizona is just amazing,” Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) said while touring the center. “Senator [John] McCain suffered from glioblastoma and so it’s very personal to us in Arizona. The fact that you’re here and every single day your team is making such an incredible difference…I’m extremely inspired by your work.”

Senator McSally was moved by her visit to introduce a Senate Resolution designating July 17, 2019 as Glioblastoma Awareness Day. The resolution was co-sponsored by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) as well as Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema.

Senator Sinema (D-AZ) met with Nick Stump, a patient who shared how the Ivy trials have given him new hope. Both senators met with Dr. Nader Sanai, director of neurosurgical oncology at the Center and with Catherine Ivy, who established the Ivy Brain Tumor Center in memory of her late husband.

The Ivy Brain Tumor Center was established through a $50 million investment from the Arizona-based Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation in coordination with the Barrow Neurological Foundation – the largest grant in the history of brain tumor research.