If you had 5-7 minutes to talk in front of some of the most influential people in the brain tumor community, what would you say?

On October 3 I am receiving the Community Leadership award from the National Brain Tumor Society. I am accepting this award at the NBTS Annual Summit in Boston, MA, and have the opportunity to talk to a room full of brain tumor researchers and NBTS major donors. If you’ve seen my TEDx Talk, you know I have no problem speaking to crowds about brain cancer. But I don’t need to tell this audience about what it is like to have brain cancer.

I am struggling with what I should say. I don’t want to preach to the choir. They already know we need more money for research. They know oral forms of chemotherapy aren’t equally covered by all health insurers. They know there are more than 120 different kinds of brain tumors and that brain cancer is the #2 cancer in children.

What would you say?

Tell me your ideas in the comments section. I want to crowdsource your ideas and tell our story to this important audience on October 3.

If a combination of your ideas and my ideas turn out to be brilliant, I will post the speech in the next few weeks. But that is only if we can be brilliant together.