About Voices Against Brain Cancer:
Q: When and why was Voices Against Brain Cancer established?
A: Voices Against Brain Cancer was started in loving memory of Gary Lichtenstein who lost his valiant battle with brain cancer on October 1, 2003. Gary was living in Chicago and working as an options trader at Wolverine Trading when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in March of 2003. He was 24 years old at the time. After three months of radiation, Gary slipped into a coma from which he did not recover. Soon after his passing, Gary’s family started Voices Against Brain Cancer to raise money and awareness for the fight against this illness. VABC’s mission is to find a cure for brain cancer by advancing scientific research, increasing awareness within the medical community and supporting patients, their families and caregivers afflicted with this devastating disease.
Q: What has VABC accomplished to date?
A: Because of the support of people like you, VABC has a wide variety of initiatives in place for brain cancer research, awareness and support. Their research grants fund cutting-edge research programs that will have a monumental impact on the diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer. VABC is currently funding research at several esteemed institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, John Hopkins, MD Anderson, Memorial Sloan Kettering, University of California and Yale, to name a few. VABC also proudly sponsors the New York Non-Malignant Brain Tumor Support Group as well as the Support Groups for Family Members and Caregivers of Brain Cancer Patients.
Q: Who runs Voices Against Brain Cancer?
Q: Where can I learn more about VABC?
A: Visit our Foundation’s website at www.voicesagainstbraincancer.org
Q: Is my donation tax-deductible?
A: Yes, VABC is a not-for-profit public charity recognized by the IRS under 501(c)(3). All donations are 100% tax-deductible unless otherwise stated. Everybody who makes a donation through the website using a credit card will instantly receive an email tax letter. Everybody who makes a donation by check will received a tax letter by mail within four months of the event. Keep in mind that registration fees are not donations. The registration fee goes toward the New York Road Runner’s administrative costs. We hope that you will make a donation to VABC in addition to the registration fee when you sign up for our event.
Q: How else can I get involved?
A: VABC is always looking for additional Committee Members, Board Members and Ambassadors. For more information email email@example.com
Q: I registered for the event last year. Can I use my login information from last year?
A: Yes. If you participated last year, please log in using your username and password from last year.
Q: What is a “Virtual Walk?”
A: The “Virtual Walk” is a way for people who cannot attend the Run/Walk to participate from near or far. The sign up menu on the “Register as an Individual” page includes an option to sign up as a “Virtual Walker.” This option allows you to create a page on the Join the Voices site where you can share your story, post a picture or video and invite your friends to sign up or donate. The fundraising page allows you to share your passion for the cause and rally your friends and family to support it. Consider signing up for the “Virtual Walk” if you attend the family festival or if you have a prior engagement on the event date and cannot join us at all or if you live far away and cannot make it to the event.
Q: Besides participating in the Run/Walk, how can people help?
A: You can make a donation or join our “virtual walk” and set up a fundraising page to share your story. We are also seeking volunteers to help on the day of the Run/Walk, as well as people to help organize teams, distribute flyers, stuff envelopes and mail letters prior to the day of the event. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us how you want to help!
Q: Where can I find information about the activities at Join the Voices?
A: The Event Info page has the most up-to-date information about activities, celebrities, the schedule of the day and number pickup. You can access it by clicking on the Day of Event Information tab at the navigation bar on the top of the page.
Q: Can I make a donation by check? (if you wish to register by check, please read the next Q&A)
A: Yes! And don't forget to indicate which team or participant you wish to support in the memo line of the check! To send a check, please fill out this form and mail to it (with checks made out to Voices Against Brain Cancer) to:
Voices Against Brain Cancer
1441 Broadway, Suite 3025
New York, NY 10018
Q: Can I register for Join the Voices! with a check?
A: For information regarding registering with a check, please contact VABC Team at 212.340.1340 or email@example.com
About this Website
Q: What should I do after I register?
A: Get started by spreading the word and fundraising! Our site allows access to tools that will help you compile a mailing list of your friends, family, coworkers, classmates, etc., personalize template emails to send to your contacts and let them know about your story and the upcoming event. You can add pictures or videos, too! Take a look at our “Fundraising Tips” on the navigation bar at the top of the page for inspiration on how to raise more money for the cause.
Q: I already paid to register. Why is the site asking for a donation to VABC?
A: Unfortunately, the registration fee you paid covers administration costs only. We encourage you to make a donation on top of the registration fee to help VABC find a cure for brain cancer. All donations are tax-deductible.
Q: How do I access my fundraising page?
A: Everybody that registers for the run/walk through the Join the Voices website has a participant center. Login on the homepage with the email address and password you entered when you registered and click on “Visit Participant Center” in the upper right hand corner. The participant center will give you access to the tools you need to personalize your fundraising page, create your contact list and send out e-mails. This fundraising page is what people see when they search for you on the Join the Voices website, so make sure to upload a photo or video and add some text about why you are supporting VABC.
Q: What's the difference between my profile and my team page?
A: Everybody who signs up on the Join the Voices site has a fundraising page. This page is your individual portal to tell everybody why you support VABC. You can access it anytime by logging on and then clicking on “Visit Participant Center” in the left-hand navigation menu. A team page is a page that others can join. Create a team with your family and friends in honor of a loved one. Team pages must be created by somebody, unlike personal pages, which are automatically generated for every person. You can start a team at anytime by clicking the "Start a team" button on the navigation menu on the top of your screen.