J. Smith Lanier & Co. Announces Brain Tumor Foundation for Children Joins Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation as Georgia Chapter

July 2014 – J. Smith Lanier & Co.’s largest corporate philanthropy, The Brain Tumor Foundation for Children (BTFC) is now the Georgia Chapter of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF). The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation is the world’s largest nonprofit funder of childhood brain tumor research. Two of the biggest nonprofit organizations dedicated to fighting one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer are joining forces. Together the two organizations have more than 60 years of experience in funding lifesaving research and life-changing family support programs to confront the challenges of childhood brain tumors.

“The BTFC’s goal is ‘helping kids with brain tumors today,’” said Pam Ellis, chair of the BTFC board of directors. “By becoming part of the national Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, we will be helping these kids today and tomorrow.”

 As the Georgia chapter of the PBTF, the BTFC’s Atlanta office will remain open and will be continue to be led by Executive Director Mary Moore. Our fundraising events, including the J. Smith Lanier & Co. Charity Classic, will join the PBTF’s Atlanta Ride for Kids motorcycle charity event and Starry Night walk/run to raise awareness and support local families.

The new chapter will also continue to administer the BTFC’s unique financial assistance program (The Butterfly Fund) at existing hospitals in nine states for brain tumor patients and their families.

“Everyone at J. Smith Lanier & Co. is excited for these two prominent pediatric cancer organizations to join together to help fight this devastating disease.  J. Smith Lanier & Co. is committed to raising money for the Butterfly Fund where all the proceeds provide direct financial assistance to needy families of children and young adults with brain and spinal cord tumors for items not covered by other means,” said J. Smith Lanier & Co. Chairman and CEO, D. Gaines Lanier.

PBTF co-founders Mike and Dianne Traynor originally served on the BTFC board alongside Rick Sauers, BTFC founder and board chairman emeritus.  It was in 1984 when Mike Traynor, a colleague of Sauers, helped organize the first Ride for Kids at BTFC in Atlanta. The event grew nationally following the establishment of PBTF by the Traynors in 1991.

“It’s wonderful to come full circle with the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children,” said PBTF President and CEO Robin Boettcher. “The Georgia Chapter is the first in a series of local offices being planned by the PBTF. This alignment significantly strengthens our ability to reach and support families in their communities.”


J. Smith Lanier & Co., headquartered in West Point, Georgia, is an employee-owned company that was founded in 1868 and has become one of the oldest and most respected privately owned insurance brokers in the United States. Since 1868, the company has grown from a three-employee local agency to a major regional firm employing over 575 employees in 5 states and 18 offices.  J. Smith Lanier & Co. offers commercial and personal lines insurance, employee benefits, surety, aviation and risk control. For more information please go to www.jsmithlanier.com.


Established in 1983 in Atlanta, the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children was the first nonprofit organization in the United States to focus on pediatric brain tumor disease. BTFC’s mission has been to provide financial assistance, social support and information for families of children with brain and spinal cord tumors; fund research projects that improve treatment options and search for a cure; and raise public awareness of the disease and advocate on behalf of affected children. It became the Georgia Chapter of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation in July 2014.


The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, a national voluntary health nonprofit based in Asheville, N.C., is the world's largest nonprofit funder of research into one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer. Our programs also include free educational resources, college scholarships for brain tumor survivors and mission-focused events such as Ride for Kids and Starry Night. More than 28,000 children in the United States are living with the diagnosis of a brain tumor, and 13 more cases are identified each day. To help us cure the kids, call 800-253-6530 or go to www.curethekids.org.