ROSELLE –– Brain cancer survivor Yves Aubourg remembers the feeling in March 2011 when he discovered that the recurring headache which had led him to wear glasses was actually a brain tumor.
“There were so many questions going through my head, because it wasn’t something I ever expected to go through,” the council president said. “I put my faith in God and in the good doctors at UMDNJ and JFK Medical Center to get me through that difficult time. Thankfully, I survived.”
A little over a year later, Aubourg and his wife, Felicie, joined other brain cancer survivors on Capitol Hill on behalf of the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure to advocate for increased brain cancer research and funding.
While there, he met with federal lawmakers representing New Jersey to discuss critical policy issues that directly impact those with brain tumors, their loved ones and the caregivers that support them.
“There are hundreds of thousands of people that don’t know where to turn when they are diagnosed with brain cancer,” Aurbourg said. The council president said that he wanted to raise awareness about brain cancer, because many people are unaware of the many layers of the often fatal disease.
“There are 122 types of brain tumors that can affect any individual,” Aubourg said. “As a survivor, it’s my duty to do everything in my power to serve as an advocate for those who may not have the platform to voice their concerns.”
Locally, the council president is working with Mayor Jamel Holley and the rest of the Borough Council to help raise awareness.
On Sept. 30, the borough will hold a 5k run in honor of Fire Capt. John Young who passed away last year. Aubourg hopes to drive those attending the event to the free health clinic taking place on the same day.
“Yves is making a real difference in the fight against brain cancer,” Holley said. “Because of his advocacy, members of Congress are more aware of the ways they can support the fight against this terrible disease.”
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