More than 25 people gathered at the Swedish Cherry Hill campus on Friday, August 24 to take part in a unique experience hosted by Dr. Greg Foltz, director of the Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute.

The first annual “Brain Surgeon for a Day” provided the opportunity for members of our community to be a brain surgeon for a few hours. The participants, who ranged in age from teenage students to retirees, were selected at random from a drawing that was promoted online and in the local media.

At the start of the two-hour session, attendees donned medical scrubs and washed up before participating in an interactive session in an educational operating room at the Seattle Science Foundation, where they had the chance to see Dr. Foltz remove a real brain tumor. Later that day, attendees received a behind-the-scenes tour of the Ben & Catherine Ivy Center clinic and research lab as well as an operating room, to learn first hand how Swedish surgeons are using the latest research to find new treatments for brain cancer. At the conclusion of the tour, Dr. Foltz and other neuroscientists hosted a lunch session with participants about his every day battle against brain cancer, a disease he hopes will be cured one day soon.

Brain cancer is one of the most malignant cancers in the world, affecting more than 200,000 people in the United States. There is no known cause; there is no known cure. Survival rates have not changed much in the last 100 years. But despite the grim outlook, there is determination, dedication and a spirited community-driven effort to affect change.

More than $11 million has been raised through The Campaign for Swedish in support of the Ben & Catherine Ivy Center. The Ivy Center provides brain tumor patients and their families access to a multidisciplinary team of skilled medical professionals. Its world-class research laboratory provides patients with instant access to promising new therapies.

Learn how you can help advance progress toward a cure for brain cancer by contacting Randy Mann, Senior Director - Campaign, at 206.386.6791 or email at Randy.Mann@swedish.org .

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