Welcome to Oligo Nation
If you or someone you love has an oligodendroglioma, you have come to the right place. Living with what is currently an incurable disease changes your life. We know, we’re Oligo survivors, too. We are here to help you, inspire you, and—together with you—to change our future. Oligo Nation is a community-driven non-profit focused on advancing translational medical research that can lead to effective treatments within 5 years. This is a big assignment. Five years ago, there was zero research directed at Oligo. In 2018, there is meaningful oligodendroglioma research underway, but much more is needed.
What makes us different?
There are a number of brain cancer foundations, research institutions, cancer non-profits and numerous fine medical institutions, so what makes Oligo Nation different. In a word: everything.
We are here to drive translational research on oligodendroglioma. Nothing else. The other foundations may have ‘brain tumors’ in their name, but their focus is almost exclusively on glioblastoma (GBM). An occasional grant or blog post is different than the laser focus and commitment which is needed to bring about new treatments.Learn More
Where Your Money Goes
More than 90% of our spending goes to research, compared to 5%-25% for the bigger foundations (NBTS, ABTA, ABC2, etc.). Our grants are 100% focused on opportunities that can translate to clinical trials for Oligo in the short-term, not just getting a mention in a published article (which seems to be how some foundations measure success!)Learn More
Intelligent, Targeted Advocacy
We are constantly advocating for oligodendroglioma research with leading institutions and researchers. We follow the science and push for Oligo to be included in screenings and pre-clinical work. And we work with the research community to increase collaboration and sharing of research tools (such as cell lines).Learn More
Get Involved… and Feel Better Today
As an Oligo survivor or family member, you have the power to change the future while making your life today so much fuller. How?
Having brain cancer can make us feel powerless and isolated. By getting involved, you are taking a positive step. And taking some control back from this disease can have a big impact on your outlook. The progress we are making is a reason to be optimistic.
Feel the Love
Fundraising may sound intimidating but it is quite the opposite. By reaching out and connecting with friends, family and others and sharing your story, you allow them to do what they want to do—help. You will feel their love and support and be amazed by how generous people can be.