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November 13, 2012

TMF Awards Grant to Expand Access to PTSD Treatments

"We are excited to be partnering with the TMF and community mental health providers to further increase the access of active duty military members and military Veterans in need to high quality treatments for PTSD.  We are very hopeful that this project will expand our knowledge about how partnerships between the Department of Veterans Affairs  READ FULL RELEASE.

November 5, 2012

Sandy Brings Back CEO's Own issues with PTSD/ASD


Having personally lost houses in both a fire and earthquake I understand the symptoms of PTSD and ASD. In 2000, I was awaken to what sounded like a train running through our home-the train was an earthquake. Six weeks earlier,  I lost my childhood house to a fire.

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September 25, 2012

Chase's Head of Operational Control & Military Affairs Joins TMF's Board


Tug McGraw Foundation Announces Tom Higgins as New Board Member

September 25, 2012, Yountville, CA – The Tug McGraw Foundation has announced the appointment of Tom Higgins to its Board of Directors.


Higgins is the Head of Operational Control and Head of Military/Veterans Affairs at JPMorgan Chase and Co., having joined JPMorgan Chase in January 2011 following a distinguished career in the US Government. During his career in government, he worked closely with the military, foreign policy, national security and intelligence communities around the world and retired from the Senior Executive Service in December 2010. At JPMorgan Chase and Co., Tom is responsible for security, cyber security, aviation, business resiliency, business intelligence, operational control, crisis management, and third party oversight as well as military and veterans affairs. Mr. Higgins is a U.S. Navy veteran, and a member of the Executive Committee at JPMorgan Chase & Co.


“It is a great honor to be part of the Tug McGraw Foundation.” Stated Higgins.  “I support the Foundation and the great work it is doing and will continue to do in the years to come. The Foundation’s dedication and hard work is well known and highly respected throughout our great country.”

TMF President and CEO Jennifer Brusstar said, “Tom brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and perspective on the military and will be extremely valuable to the Tug McGraw Foundation as we continue to support our returning troops who are living with Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post Traumatic Stress. We’re delighted to have him join our board.”

“Tom is a terrific addition to our board,” said CFO Wendy Turman. “His wealth of experience and expertise in military and veterans affairs is a perfect complement to our mission.”

The Tug McGraw Foundation (TMF) was established in 2003 to provide resources and hands-on support, foster understanding, promote awareness, and stimulate research and scientific collaboration to improve quality of life for people with brain-related trauma and tumors.

For more information, please visit http://tugmcgraw.org.



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About the Tug McGraw Foundation

TMF was established by Tug McGraw in 2003 to raise funds to enhance the quality of life of children and adults with brain tumors and their families by stimulating and facilitating research that addresses the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual impact of the disease. Recognizing that other areas of brain research - such as traumatic brain injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder- inform the science surrounding brain cancer, TMF has widened its scope to include a broader spectrum of the neuroscience to support advances in medical care and quality of life for our nation’s battle-wounded, ill and injured service members. www.tugmcgraw.org

September 17, 2012

TMF Hosts General Chiarelli & Rusty Staub at Headquarters

“Visiting Pathway Home was very important for me,” Chiarelli said after meeting with residents of the program. Post-traumatic stress disorders didn’t originate with the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, he noted. “They just didn’t call it that. … This has always been a problem. The crime is we didn’t do anything about it. One Mind is committed to changing that.”


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August 27, 2012

Tom McGraw Cycles for the Tugger and TMF

"I wore my Foundation cycling suit every other day and early into the first morning I had a woman ride up next to me and tell me she loved Tug!  I wasn’t sure if she was speaking metaphorically or literally, but I was relieved when she told me she was 9 when the Amazing Mets of 1969 won the World Series."

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August 15, 2012

"Keep pressing on to the goal"

TMF Board Member Making a Difference on the Greens. My father, Ray, was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor in the summer of 2002.  He fought for his life courageously for seven months before passing away from this vicious disease in January 2003.  For the past seven years, I have kept the memory of my dad alive by actively raising money for the Tug McGraw Foundation with the hopes of helping others who are or may experience what my dad went through.  I, along with my family, continue to follow his motto “keep pressing on to the goal”…and that is exactly what I am trying to do through this fundraiser. Peter Lang


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August 25, 2012

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August 8, 2012

TMF Appoints Jim Treadway to Board of Directors

August 7, 2012, Yountville CA -- Tug McGraw Foundation has announced the appointment of Jim Treadway to its Board of Directors.


Treadway is vice chairman of Benchmark Hospitality International's Advisory Board and general manager of Bardessono in Yountville, Napa Valley, California, one of Benchmark’s Personal Luxury Hotels & Resorts℠ properties. A well-known and respected leader in the U.S. hotel and hospitality industry, Jim has been associated with some of the most desirable properties in the US, South Africa and Europe. He has served as senior vice president of operations for Westin and president of the North American Division of Westin Hotels and Resorts for the four years prior its sale to Starwood.


“I’m humbled and honored to have been appointed to the Tug McGraw Foundation’s Board.  Its good work is near and dear to my heart, and I’ll do my best to contribute mightily to its ongoing contribution to society.” Said Treadway.



“Jim is an outstanding addition to our board,” said CFO Wendy Turman. “He brings a wealth of experience and an expertise that contribute greatly to our mission.”  TMF President and CEO Jennifer Brusstar said, “Treadway’s perspective on healthcare and the non-profit industry will be extremely valuable to the Tug McGraw Foundation as we continue to strengthen and grow.”


August 1, 2012

Guest Blogger-CEO Ed Chatlos

I've been on Avastin for 18 months now and it's delivered what it promised.  My large, olive size tumors are now barely visible in my regular MRIs.  Again, I believe my journey could have been shortened, if I had a network of other patients to talk with."  Read Full Blog.

July 31, 2012

Run for Your Life Press Release

Yountville, CA – Run for your Life! at the Tug McGraw Foundation’s inaugural 5k Fun Run, Walk and High Heel Dash on Saturday, October 27, 2012 in downtown Yountville, Napa Valley, CA. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Tug McGraw Foundation. Includes: Kids Costume Dash, Pre and Post Parties for kids and adults! Tatoos, Fortune Telling, a Chance to win a iPad and Tim McGraw tickets. Read Full Press Release


June 21, 2012

Tune In: TMF CAPE Student Abby Johnston Competing for Olympic Spot!

Abby Johnston, 5th year senior Tug McGraw CAPE student and Duke Diver will be competing in   the Synchronized Women's 3m Springboard finals at the Olympic Trials Tonight! Abby and her  partner are entering the finals in 1st place.

The finals will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network NBCSN

Thurs. June 21, 10pm - 12am NBCSN Finals: Diving Women's 3 meter Synchro


Abby's Diving Bio

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Watch: Duke Coach Talks About Abby and Abby shares who inspires her on her iPod!


June 18, 2012

Bill Doyle: Treating Cancer with Electric Fields to Improve QOL

Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are the best-known methods for treating cancer. At TEDMED, Bill Doyle presents a new approach, called Tumor Treating Fields, which uses electric fields to interrupt cancer cell division. Still in its infancy -- and approved for only certain types of cancer -- the treatment comes with one big benefit: quality of life. Watch Now.