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Published: 2013/10/10

The Avett Brothers’ Bob Crawford Appears in PSA for Brain Tumor Awareness

The Avett Brothers bassist Bob Crawford raises awareness for brain tumors in the first-ever public service announcement (PSA) in support of brain tumor research.

Crawford’s daughter Hallie was diagnosed with a brain tumor in August of 2011. Since then, Crawford has been outspoken about his family’s struggle and the struggles of 700,000 Americans living with brain tumors today.

The PSA, sponsored by the National Brain Tumor Society, highlights the need for funding for medical research in addition to the musician’s own story. 

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me October 10, 2013, 18:00:44

I applaud Bob Crawford! I had little idea of brain tumors/cancer until I received a call from my father on Memorial Day 2011 letting me know my step-mom had just been diagnosed with one, she died 15 months later, 8/16/2012. In that 15 month span a coworker’s son also battled a cancerous brain tumor and died this past February. A good friend just lost his father just this past Saturday due to a cancerous brain tumor. 3 people I know in just over 2 years! It’s shocking when you begin to discuss it find there are others with similar stories, I certainly had no idea before it affected our family. As with my step-mom, often times the person is diagnosed only after suffering from mental lapses bad enough that someone close to the person notices… at that point, in many cases, the person is likely no longer the person you knew and you can not share feelings as the tumor causes the issues to worsen fairly rapidly applying pressure on the brain, resulting in the person having little short-term memory and an inability to really share in the moment (this is determined by the location of the tumor in the brain). If the diagnosis is terminal, it makes good-byes difficult, if not impossible. Also, it’s often impossible to remove any/all of the tumor due to the way it wraps itself around the brain. Absolutely horrible… I wish the best to Bob’s daughter and family…

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