Chris Elliott Fund

Bringing HOPE to the lives of brain tumor patients & their families

November 9, 2014
by Dellann Elliott Mydland
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Brittany Maynard – A Loss

When I learned three weeks ago that Brittany Maynard, a resident of Oregon, had terminal brain cancer and had planned to exercise her right-to-die, the only thing that stopped me from jumping in my car and driving down from Seattle was my work load and work travel.

You see, although I am a very compassionate person and do believe in “death with dignity” based on what I have read, I don’t feel that Brittany nor her family explored all of her options in efforts to fight her brain cancer.  As a patient advocate, I work with brain tumor patients and their families locally, nationally and worldwide through my work with and so after weeks of thought on this issue, I find Brittany’s decision, so early in the treatment of her brain cancer, hard to comprehend.  I fight, every day, for IMMEDIATE ACCESS  to advanced treatment for this patient population. There are options out there and it’s our job to help people find them.

As my colleague, Dr. Al Musella from the  Musella Foundation pointed out, next week is the Society of Neuro-oncology’s Annual Meeting where neuro specialists, such as researchers, scientists, neuro-surgeons, neuro-oncologists, patient advocates, pharma and device companies, etc. come together  to present new treatments and the results of clinical trials with 90% of all presentations concentrating on Glioblastoma/GBM, which is the type of tumor Brittany had. Both Al and I will be at this meeting learning about new treatments for brain cancer so that we can share these treatments with those that contact us. We will be putting patients in direct contact with the specialists running these clinical trials and advanced treatments. I truly wish we could have had the opportunity to do this for Brittany.

As a 501 (c)3 non-profit, the Chris Elliott Fund provides free brain tumor patient & caregiver support services and educational materials.   We would  have  been honored to advocate on behalf  of Brittany and her family. We are confident that she had more options than her family were likely lead to believe were available. Rest in peace Brittany and to Brittany’s family; please consider working with us at the Chris Elliott Fund to keep Brittany’s legacy alive and to further spread the message that the world needs more education and awareness related to this disease.

May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month.  The Chris Elliott Fund will be dedicating May 2015 to Education and Awareness Related to Brain Cancer Treatment Options in honor of Brittany Maynard.  To learn more about and keep current with the Chris Elliott Fund, advanced brain tumor treatment options,  advocacy work being done to bring more treatment options and quality of life to patients like Brittany, please sign up for our periodic email newsBLAST and learn more about our free services at, or contact us directly at 800-574-5703 or at  Blessings,

Dellann Elliott Mydland, Founder & President

Chris Elliott Fund.


July 17, 2014
by ClaireT
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Chris Elliott Fund Featured on Clear Channel Media’s Seattle Radio Stations

Dellann Elliott Mydland, President & CEO of the Chris Elliott Fund, was recently featured on Clear Channel Seattle’s KUBE 93 FM and Sports Radio KJR 950 AM where she spoke about issues related to Brain Tumors and Brain Cancer, some of the latest treatments and diagnostic technologies, and especially the importance of access for all Americans.  Clear Channel’s Emoree Martin hosted the interview which also featured Nesby Glasgow, Board Member and former player for the Seattle Seahawks.

Said Martin of the interview: “Clear Channel Seattle listeners value programming that is rich in information and dialogued. I would like to thank The Chris Elliott Fund for all your efforts to advocate and support so many people in our community.”

Says Elliott Mydland of the opportunity to participate in Clear Channel’s Public Affairs programming: “We were thrilled to have this opportunity to reach out to an informed radio audience as so much of the work that the Chris Elliott Fund does is directed to educating the General Public on matters related to Brain Tumors and Brain Cancer BEFORE someone they know is affected. We can’t thank Clear Channel enough for this opportunity.” Listen to the full Sports Radio KJR AM program here.

The program closed with a reminder that the 13th Annual Chris Elliott Fund Celebrity Golf Tournament is just 3 weeks away on Monday, August 4th at Bear Creek Golf Club in Woodinville WA and how important the event is in honoring the organization’s co-founder Christopher S. Elliott, for increasing public education and awareness, and for funding vital services that are delivered FREE OF CHARGE to patients and their families.

June 23, 2014
by ClaireT
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We need your help…..ensuring access for all brain tumor patients for Gliadel wafers

As you are most likely aware, Chris Elliott Fund strongly advocates that all brain tumor patients be given IMMEDIATE ACCESS to the most advanced and most appropriate FDA-approved treatments for their particular disease.  Yet, CMS and DME coding and other classification issues continue to create significant roadblocks for certain groups of patients, effectively denying them access to potentially life-saving treatments.

We have just submitted the attached letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Gliadel Coding Problem Letter 06-20-14). in response to a classification issue around Gliadel wafers.  However, we are just one voice, and need others to join us in reversing current policy.  These letters must be received by June 30 to be in time.

You can join CEF and make your voice heard in one of two ways:

  1. Write a similar letter to CEF’s (must be received by June 30th).  We will be happy to assist you with this.  Furthermore, if you would like CEF to overnight it via USPS on your behalf, all letters need to be emailed to by midnight this Wednesday so that we can get them out early this TH morning for arrival early on Monday June 30th. Note that the letter will need to be SIGNED and then scanned/attached to email for it to be accepted.  You will also need to use copy similar to what is in the CEF letter.  We will print on our end for inclusion into the packet.
  2. Alternatively, you can go online (link:!home) and comment prior to Monday June 30th deadline

Thank you to all for your help and support. – Dellann Elliott Mydland

April 22, 2014
by Admin
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Recipes for Brain Health Part 10: Turmeric & Curcumin

Turmeric - Brain FoodBelow is the tenth brain food in our 10 part series on recipes for your brain: Turmeric & its active ingredient Curcumin. Do you find yourself trying to find the right diet combination during or post treatment? Ask the Chris Elliott Fund, we can help plan a diet around healthy brain foods. Call, email or leave us a note today: 1-800-574-5703

Turmeric & Curcumin

Turmeric is a common spice used in India for centuries, not only as a spice but also for medicinal purposes. The active cancer fighting compound found in turmeric is curcumin, a member of the ginger family.  How important is this agent in brain health and cancer prevention?  Let’s take a look.

The Research:

Curcumin is being studied in clinical trials for colon cancer, Alzheimer’s disease (in mice) and cystic fibrosis.  Its role in to cancer prevention is related to its efficacy in encouraging apoptosis, the process of cell death in some cancer cells. Note that studies are still ongoing and not definitive. One study published in March of 2012 discussed the spice as a combatant of some pediatric brain tumors.

There appear to be some challenges in the ingestion of curcumin due to poor absorption in the digestive system which may limit its efficacy.  It is thought that it may be more powerful in its cooked forms, however.

Cooking and Consuming Turmeric/Curcumin:

Turmeric is a combination of curcumin and, the more commonly known spice, curry which is often used in Indian and other Asian cuisines.  It is becoming more widely used in typical American and Pan Asian cooking and more known to the North American palate.

Some people prefer having unadulterated curcumin in a supplement form.  In this case, it is always wise to seek the advice of a doctor, naturopath or nutrition to be sure of healthy dosing.

While there is no super-food that will eliminate a specific type of cancer, all of the ingredients/foods in our Brain Food series show promising research in their positive health effects, and we encourage all to seek a healthy balanced diet before, during or after their treatment process.


We know cooking and preparing these brain foods can get complicated especially if you are balancing treatment, family and work.  We wanted to provide easy and simple recipes to help you start preparing your brain foods today! And we’ve scoured the internet to find a couple of the best recipes to get you started.

Indian-Style Rice with Cashews, Raisins & Turmeric (Click for Recipe, courtesy of –

Main Ingredietns: Turmeric, cumin, vegetable oil, basmati rice, coconut milk, chicken stock, salt, bay leaf, raisins, red pepper flakes. And here are 10 easy ways to incorporate it to your every-day diet.

Ask the Chris Elliott Fund, we are here to help you in your process to plan a diet plan around foods that are healthy for you and your brain. Call, email or leave us a note today: 1-800-574-5703 or

Photos courtesy of Pixabay.