Our Heroes

Look past the NBTI's advanced medical and modern research facilities, and you will see yourself surrounded by heroes: These are just a few of our heroes...

Minds Matter 2015
Improving Outcomes and Quality of Life
"Minds Matter is more than a fundraiser," Says NBTI Co-Director, Jeffrey Raizer, MD. "It's grown to be a celebration of survivorship, advancement of groundbreaking research, and of improving treatment outcomes and quality of life for patients with brain and spinal cord tumors."
Matt's Story
Taking Nothing for Granted
Following a brain tumor and a stroke, Matt Rahn was determined that he would walk again before his daughter took her first steps.
P.J.'s Story
Paying it Forward
P.J. credits his treatment team at the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute, and the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial, for the life that he's living today. He's looking forward to "paying it forward" as a pediatric oncologist.
Darren's Story
Giving Back
Following successful treatment for a brain tumor in 2005, Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute (NBTI) patient Darren Latimer and his wife, Allison wanted to give back. "I'm doing this work because I can help... This is part of the solution. I'm doing it for all of us."
Tom's Story
Iron man determined to beat cancer
Tom Randich does a lot more than get by with a little help from his friends. He has his sights set on running the Grand Canyon with their help.
Bob's Story
Marathoner Keeps Pace After Brain Tumor
Bob Oshefsky has run 14 marathons, but Oct. 13th's Chicago Marathon is the first since he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.
Minds Matter 2013
Celebrating 5 Years of Progress
Minds Matter 2012
Many People are Affected by a Patient's Brain Tumor Diagnosis
It's a lot more than stating what the problem is, or what the solution is. It's giving them perspective, giving them hope, and letting them know that you're going to be there by their side.
Meg's Journey
The Will to Live
Meg's Story
A young brain tumor survivor shares her journey
Why Choose NBTI?
Patients and Doctors Share Their Insights
NBTI's clinicians and researchers share a common vision, "finding a cure for brain tumors and optimizing the quality of care we provide our patients."
Rich's Story
Faces of Cancer
Last summer Rich Stremp walked his only daughter down the aisle on her wedding day. It was a "defying the odds" moment after this retired Chicago pipe fitter was diagnosed with the aggressive brain cancer, Glioblastoma.
Nathan's Story
A Happy New Year Ahead
Nathan's Story
"I could tell this wasn't just a job to them. They were doing this for me. They wanted to make me better."
Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute
Hope Through Collaboration
NBTI doctors and patients share their stories. "I'm doing great, my prognosis is great — I plan to mess up the statistics!"
PJ's Story
Taking His Research Personally
A second-year medical student when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, PJ went to work as a researcher in a NBTI laboratory, hoping to make a difference for patients everywhere.
Annie's Story
Student Starts New Chapter after Endoscopic Surgery
Annie's Story
The future is bright for this vibrant teenager who is studying at Wellesley College. Just three years earlier, Annie and her family were faced with uncertainty when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 16.


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