Dee interviews the president and CEO of Tug McGraw Foundation, Jennifer Brusstar.
Brusstar co-founded Tug McGraw Foundation (TMF) with Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher, Tug McGraw, before his death in 2004. In her role, Brusstar has defined the foundation’s mission of raising funds to enhance the quality of life of children and adults with brain tumors and their families.
In 2009, Brusstar expanded the foundation’s programs to include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma Brain Injury (TBI). This unique collaboration encourages the best minds in military and civilian medicine to accelerate new treatments and cures to improve quality of life in areas of physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual impact of those debilitating conditions. Her goal is to help educate policy makers and the American public about the pace at which scientific advancements—especially in the neurosciences—and improvements in quality of life for all would accelerate through increased civilian/military partnerships. To date Brusstar and her team have raised more than $4 million for programs.
Brusstar is also a board member of the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke, and a Special Advisor to Soldiers to the Summit. In 2012, Brusstar and her TMF team received the Statesmanship Award from the United States Former Members of Congress for the foundation’s work on its efforts to improve quality of life for those affected by brain-related trauma and tumors.
In 2001, Brusstar’s youngest son Jack was diagnosed with autism and today she volunteers her time in helping support families who have children with special needs.
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