Columbia Neurosurgerys Dr. J Mocco Discusses how Twelve Top Medical Institutions Will Hit the Field to Take Their Field a Step Further for Research Pediatric brain tumors have surpassed leukemia as the leading cause of cancer death in children. Now, doctors are taking matters into their own hands to help these kids in need. The 4th Annual 2007 Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament is more than just a ball game it is an example of doctors who are taking their lifelong commitment to medicine to the next level. Twelve medical institutions will battle it out at the Great Lawn in New York City on Saturday June 9th at 12:30 to raise funds for pediatric brain tumor research. Key pediatric brain tumor stats: Ģ -According to the National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society, pediatric brain tumors continue to surpass leukemia as the leading cause of cancer death in children. Ģ -Over 3,000 new cases of childhood primary brain tumors are expected to be diagnosed this year. Of these new cases, over 75% of these will be in children less than 15 years old. Ģ -More than 21,000 American children are living with the diagnosis of a primary brain tumor. Ģ -The five-year survival following diagnosis of a primary malignant brain tumor is only 32 %, and four out of 10 children with a brain tumor will die of their disease within three years of diagnosis. Ģ -Brain tumors are also the third leading cause of cancer death for young adults, ages 20-39. Hosted by Columbia University, the teams will include medical doctors who are interns, residents or attendings from the following institutions: Columbia University Cornell University New York University Mt. Sinai School of Medicine Harvard University Yale University The Johns Hopkins University Albert Einstein College of Medicine Emory University Duke University University of Pittsburgh University of Pennsylvania The event has various sponsor levels including platinum, gold, silver and bronze. All funds go to Columbia University to advance research for pediatric brain tumors. For additional information, to inquire about sponsorship or to make a donation, visit http://www.kidsbrainresearch.org www.kidsbrainresearch.org . About the event: The 4th Annual 2007 Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament Saturday, June 9th, 2007 at 12:30 PM The Great Lawn in New York Citys Central Park More about Dr. J Mocco: Dr. J Mocco is currently a chief neurosurgery resident at Columbia University. Dr. Mocco received his medial degree at The Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Mocco has received research funding from the NIH as well as a number of other national and regional grants.