The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation works to eliminate the challenges of childhood brain tumors. As the world’s largest nonprofit source of funding for childhood brain tumor research, our mission is to cure the kids.
To accomplish our mission, we aim to:
As the Georgia Chapter of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation we will continue to provide the many services the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children (BTFC) has provided for the past 30 years including The Butterfly Fund, which provides emergency financial assistance for families throughout the Southeast who are struggling with the effects of the disease, as well as social, emotional, and educational support to these families.
In June of 1980, Rick and Sheila Sauers' five-month-old daughter Shaye was diagnosed with a highly malignant brain tumor. Offered only a two percent chance of Shaye's long-term survival, Rick and Sheila began a relentless campaign seeking knowledge and treatment to save their child. They found that very little information was available on brain tumors in children and little research was being done. The overall message was that most children died from this disease.
Together with several other parents, the Sauers began a local parents' support group to offer comfort and support to each other. In 1983, Rick Sauers, Julia Hartman, and several other parents established the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children, Inc., as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to help families like theirs and to educate the public.
Rick provided 23 years of service as a dedicated President and later Chairman of the Board. He currently serves as Chairman Emeritus in an advisory capacity. BTFC will forever be grateful to Rick for his wisdom and guidance and for his work in establishing the Foundation.