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In the United States, 23,720 people are diagnosed every year with a malignant primary brain tumor, known as a glioma. Despite recent advances in multimodality therapy for glioblastoma incorporating surgery, radiotherapy, systemic therapy (chemotherapy, targeted therapy), and supportive care, the overall prognosis remains poor.



Full of enthusiasm for the game he loved, Tug McGraw left an indelible mark on baseball and his fans.

Following his diagnosis of a brain tumor in 2003, Tug began a 10-month medical journey down an unknown path searching for Glioblastoma brain cancer treatments. One that would twist and turn as his health changed. A journey that Tug never took alone.

He found support in good friends, excellent medical care and a strong family that stood beside him. Tug felt lucky to have that deep level of support along with financial benefits and professional resources not readily available to so many others facing the challenge of a brain tumor. 

It was Tug McGraw's wish that others suffering from Glioblastoma and other types of brain tumors could access more resources to help improve their quality of life... 

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Understanding Glioblastoma

Pursuing the Link Between Brain Cancer and Genes

Gliogene Largest Genetic Study of Glioma in Families
"I have been researching familial glioma for nearly 30 years and our team has already identified one gene, POT1, in some glioma families. With this new, larger study, and with your help, we will be able to identify more genes in families with brain cancer." - Melissa Bondy, Ph.D., Gliogene Principal Investigator

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Gliogene is the largest genetic study of glioma in families and aims to reveal more about genes that may contribute to brain tumors. If you and a blood-relative were both diagnosed with glioma, you may be eligible to participate in Gliogene.

If you and a blood-relative were both diagnosed with glioma, you may be eligible to participate.

Brain Tumor Resources

Below our resources TMF has worked with or is a vetted source. We continue to update resources 

The diagnosis of a brain tumor may be the most difficult challenge you and your family will ever have to face. To successfully meet this challenge, you deserve to be as informed and prepared as possible. Our goal is to share resources and the information necessary to move forward with confidence and hope.

We keep the resource pages simple for easy printing and sharing. 

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Jennifer Brusstar - President & CEO Talks Tug McGraw Foundation - Mental Health, Wellness, & Resilience with Ira Pastor. 

Tim McGraw's: 
Live Like You Were Dying a Personal One

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Tim McGraw Opens Up with Actor Matthew McConaughey on Live Like You Were Dying

For father's day, Actor Matthew McConaughey was a guest on Tim McGraw's, Beyond the Influence Radio series.  Together they talked about the influence each of their fathers had on their lives, the different motivations they each took with them when becoming parents. Head over to Apple Music Country to hear the heartfelt interview.

"Live Like You Were Dying," became one of Tim McGraw's fastest rising singles ever and stayed atop the charts for ten weeks, the longest stretch in thirty years. The song is a personal one for McGraw, having lost his father Tug McGraw during the recording process. The Tug McGraw Foundation is grateful to all of Tug's children and Uncle Hank for their continued effort in helping us accomplish our mission.

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Tug McGraw Tribute 2004-2014

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Watch, Tug McGraw's Philadelphia Phillies teammates rally around him for one last trip to the mound. Ya Gotta Believe

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