The Embassy of Italy opened its doors on Feb. 26 to more than 200 people for the 3rd annual Bella Notte (“Beautiful Night”) event, held by Children’s National and the National Brain Tumor Society to celebrate young brain tumor survivors and raise funds to launch a national clinical trial. The event raised more than $100,000 for the trial, which will apply precision medicine to improve brain tumor treatment for children.
Dr. Roger Packer, senior vice president for the Center for Neuroscience & Behavioral Medicine at Children’s National, said, “We are grateful to the National Brain Tumor Society, the Brain Tumor Institute at Children’s National, and our co-chairs, His Excellency Claudio Bisogniero, Ambassador of Italy, and his wife, Laura Denise Bisogniero, for partnering tonight to host this wonderful event. Through innovative research, we hope to help more children survive brain cancer and go on to lead healthy, happy lives.”
Children’s National and the National Brain Tumor Institute have worked collaboratively to care for and cure children diagnosed with brain tumors for several years. Many of the pediatric brain tumor therapies used around the world today were pioneered by Children’s National.