In 2018 alone, nearly 80,000 Americans will be given the heartbreaking diagnosis of a brain tumor with only a 35 percent five-year survival rate for primary malignant brain tumors. An estimated 17,000 people will die because of brain cancer this year and it is now the leading cause of cancer-related death in children 19-years old and younger accounting for three out of every 10 cancer deaths. There are no words to describe the enormous heartbreak this disease brings to a family along with the financial burden of the countless medical bills and expenses.
The National Brain Tumor Society is the largest non-profit organization in the U.S. dedicated to assisting the brain tumor community by raising funds in order to find better treatments and driving rapid progress toward a cure for brain tumors. The society is also an advocate for public policy changes in order to achieve the greatest impact, results, and progress for brain tumor patients.
The Society’s Gray Gala was hosted on Friday March 23rd where progress and ambition were celebrated at the Boston Seaport Hotel in Boston, MA. The night featured a silent and live auction, live entertainment, cocktails, and a seated dinner. Overall, the Gala raised a staggering $300,000 for the brain tumor community.
Ray Bourque was center stage at Friday night’s event, where he served as the Special Guest Auctioneer. He was quick to get the crowd bidding with his upbeat calling of the auction. The room came alive with fierce bidding wars and laughs from all corners of the venue. The segmented concluded with great success as many walked away winners of amazing prizes and luxurious trips along with memories that will last a lifetime. Ray has generously taken up the cause by supporting the National Brain Tumor Society’s efforts to cure this devastating disease and will continue to do so in order to make a difference in the lives of those affected by brain tumors.