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Nicole Hazen Fund for Hope and The Women's Board of Barrow Pledge $400,000 to Ivy Brain Tumor Center


In a remarkable show of support during Brain Tumor Awareness Month, the Nicole Hazen Fund for Hope and the Women's Board of Barrow Neurological Foundation have jointly made a donation of $400,000 to the Ivy Brain Tumor Center.


During a recent Arizona Diamondbacks game, Mike Hazen, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the team, along with his sons, joined Derrick Hall, President, CEO and General Partner of the D-backs, to present a $200,000 donation to the Ivy Brain Tumor Center. The Women's Board of Barrow, represented by Cynthia Oehme, as well as Amy and Andrew Cohn, matched the donation, contributing an additional $200,000, bringing the total donation amount to an impactful $400,000.

The Nicole Hazen Fund for Hope, established by Mike Hazen and his wife Nicole, is dedicated to granting individuals battling glioblastoma access to the Ivy Center's state-of-the-art treatments and pioneering therapies. By continuously funding the center's cutting-edge research, the aim is to make strides towards finding a cure for this aggressive and resistant form of cancer, ensuring Nicole Hazen's legacy lives on.


This recent donation builds upon the Nicole Hazen Fund for Hope's previous investment of over $1.5 million to the Ivy Brain Tumor Center in December 2021, showcasing their enduring commitment to driving progress in brain tumor research.


Expressing gratitude for the Women's Board of Barrow's matching contribution, Mike Hazen stated, "My family and I are incredibly thankful for the matching donation from The Women's Board of Barrow." He emphasized the importance of collaboration in the fight against glioblastoma.

Dr. Nader Sanai, Chief of Neurosurgical Oncology and Director of the Ivy Brain Tumor Center, acknowledged the support from the Nicole Hazen Fund for Hope, the Women's Board, and the Rick Oehme Foundation, expressing their shared commitment to finding a cure for brain cancer. Dr. Sanai who also served as Nicole Hazen's neurosurgeon gratefully accepted the donation on behalf of the Ivy Center, highlighting their tireless dedication to discovering new and effective treatments for brain cancer patients.

The Ivy Brain Tumor Center, situated at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, is a nonprofit research program specializing in translational research for aggressive brain tumors like glioblastoma. With a multidisciplinary team of experts in neurosurgical oncology, neuro-oncology, radiation oncology, neuroradiology, neuropathology, and neuroscience nursing, the Ivy Center treats more brain tumor patients each year than any other center in the United States. The center's Phase 0 clinical trials program, the largest of its kind globally, enables personalized care and significantly reduces the time and cost associated with traditional drug development. Additionally, the Ivy Center's accelerated program focuses on testing therapeutic combinations tailored to individual patients, expanding the possibilities of hope and healing.


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