The CERN Foundation is a collaborative network with a commitment to connecting patients and caregivers – in addition to medical providers – who deal with ependymoma.
This section of our site is dedicated to helping anyone affected by ependymoma connect with the foundation through patient stories and, perhaps most importantly, each other. And by creating more awareness of ependymoma, our hope is to increase public recognition of this rare tumor and the need for clinical studies to improve early diagnosis, standardize treatment and improve the health status of those living with this disease.
Dawn shares what it's like recovering from surgery while giving those who are on a similar journey the reassurance that they are not alone.
Michelle's neurosurgeon discovered multiple tumors along her spine, but through it all she remains positive.
Adam shares his experiences by writing a book that includes quotes that gave him encouragement during his ependymoma treatment.
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Help others who are going through similar experiences by sharing your ependymoma journey.
The sixth annual Ependymoma Awareness Day will be held on May 8, 2017. Find out how you can get involved!
For the fourth annual Awareness Day, a butterfly release was held on Monday, May 2, 2016 in Washington, DC during the National Brain Tumor Society's Head to the Hill event.
A butterfly release was held at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, on May 5, 2015 to commemorate the fourth annual Ependymoma Awareness Day.
In an effort to raise awareness of ependymoma, patients, caregivers and medical professionals from around the world dedicated April 10, 2014 as the third annual Awareness Day.
Hundreds of brightly colored butterflies covered the skies over St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as they were released by patients and CERN investigators on April 18, 2013.