Go Gray in May Initiative

Go Gray in May Initiative

gray banner




In 2009 The Kortney Rose foundation with the help of local NJ legislators drafted and passed a resolution that annually calls on the sitting Governor of New Jersey to declare, by proclamation, that May be recognized as Brain Tumor Awareness Month in the State of New Jersey.

May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month and the awareness color is Gray (signifying “gray matter” in the brain).

  • Approximately 300,000 children and teens around the globe are diagnosed with cancer each year, with brain tumors among the most prevalent.
  • Brain and Central Nervous System (CNS) tumors are the most prevalent form of pediatric cancer in children under age 19
  • Brain Tumors are the #1 cause of death by disease in children adolescents in the U.S.
  • Cancer is the second most common cause of death among children ages 1 to 14 years in the US, after accidents.
  • 1 in every 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer.
  • Nearly 4,000 brain tumor diagnoses in 2018 will be in children under the age of 14.
  • An additional 12,290 new cases of brain and Central Nervous System (CNS) tumors will be found in Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) by the end of 2019.
  • ONLY 4% of all federal funding is devoted to childhood cancer research.
  • Due to underfunding and lack of public awareness there’s been a low amount of progress in treatment over the past several decades.
  • In the past 30 years, only four FDA-approved drugs – and one medical device – have been developed to treat all brain tumors.
  • There has never been a drug developed and approved to specifically treat malignant brain tumors in children.