Former New York Mets pitcher Ron Darling wants anyone affected by brain tumors to know that they are not alone. In fact, according to the National Cancer Institute, there will be nearly 23,000 new cases of brain tumors diagnosed in 2012.
Darling lost his dear friend and former teammate, Major League Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, to brain cancer. Now, he is partnering with Merck to launch “Moments that Matter” – an educational initiative to provide support to patients and their loved ones impacted by a brain tumor diagnosis.
Carter passed away in February 2012 after a 10-month battle with an aggressive type of brain tumor called glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). To honor his friend, Darling is seeking to raise awareness of brain tumors by sharing his personal perspective on how to help support a loved one with the disease. Darling will be joined by Dr. Andrew B. Lassman, chief of Neuro-Oncology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, who will help explain what it means to be diagnosed with a brain tumor.
The “Moments that Matter” educational initiative helps patients and families understand the steps they can take when facing a brain tumor – from being diagnosed and treated as soon as possible to forming a cohesive support network.