Arizona Recognizes Brain Tumor Awareness Month

News Release

May 6, 2021

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey declared May to be Brain Tumor Awareness Month to promote education of the condition, recognize the medical professionals who combat the issue, highlight the significant progress in research, and honor the families who have been impacted.

“Brain tumors affect countless people each year, and impact the lives of not only the individual, but their loved ones as well,” said Governor Ducey. “Nearly three years ago, we lost an Arizona giant, statesman and war hero to Glioblastoma — Senator John McCain. His is just one of the many precious lives lost. It’s important to spread awareness of the impact brain tumors have on patients and their families, and to honor those who have fought hard and are continuing to fight every day.”

Brain tumors are among the deadliest forms of cancer, with a relatively 36 percent five-year survival rate following the diagnosis. An estimated 700,000 Americans are currently living with a primary brain tumor.

Arizona is home to the Ivy Brain Tumor Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, the largest brain tumor center in the world. The center was helped established by the Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation, which focuses on funding research and discovering new treatments for patients with brain cancer. In April 2020, the Ivy Foundation donated $5 million to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund to fund the purchase of personal protective equipment and support mitigation efforts.

View the proclamation HERE and below. 


WHEREAS, an estimated 700,000 Americans of all ages, ethnicities, socio-economic statuses and backgrounds are currently living with a primary brain tumor, and approximately 85,000 more will be diagnosed in 2021; and

WHEREAS, brain tumors are among the deadliest forms of cancer with just a 36% five-year relative survival rate following diagnosis; and

WHEREAS, for the most common form of primary malignant tumors, glioblastoma, the five-year relative survival rate is only 7.2% and median survival is only 8 months; and

WHEREAS, Arizona is home to the largest brain tumor center in the world, the Ivy Brain Tumor Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, which is focused entirely on discovering new treatments that will increase life expectancy and contribute to a cure for malignant brain tumors; and

WHEREAS, increased public awareness of brain tumors through advocacy and support for targeted research, as well as education about the impact brain tumors have on patients’ and their families’ lives are critical to support and action for a cure.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Douglas A. Ducey, Governor of the State of Arizona, do hereby proclaim May 2021 as


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Arizona


DONE at the Capitol in Phoenix on this Fifteenth day of April in the year Two Thousand and Twenty-One, and of the Independence of the United States of America the Two Hundred and Forty-Fifth.