National Brain Tumor Ride

Team Kermit rolling off the 2016 starting line
Team Kermit rolling off the 2016 starting line

Team Kermit

What brings Team Kermit to the National Brain Tumor Ride?

Team Kermit rides the National Brain Tumor Ride in honor and memory of all of the people whom our teammates hold dear. What brings us together as a team is friendship and the common bond of honoring and remembering our dear son, brother and friend Jared. Team Kermit was formed in 2005 to ride the Pan Mass Challenge by my wife Ellen, sons Adam and Jared, myself, and our friends while Jared was undergoing treatment at the Jimmy Fund for spinal/cranial tumors. Adam, the team, and I rode while Ellen and Jared volunteered, Jared doing bicycle repairs from a wheelchair. The team is named for Kermit the Frog of Sesame Street fame. Kermit was one of Jared's favorite childhood characters and represents the ability that people have to rise above the ordinary in order to achieve great results. Kermit's theme "It's not easy being green" became Jared's mantra and helped him endure and even laugh through the often grueling treatments. Jared was the epitome of determination, resolve, dedication, bravery, and passion. Kermit inspired Jared and reminded him and all of us that we are limited only by our own dreams and desires. In September 2005, Jared passed away after a 2 1/2 year battle with the disease. He was 23 years old. 

Team Kermit rides the Pan Mass Challenge, we ride in the Livestrong Challenge, and 2024 will mark our 13th National Brain Tumor Ride!!  We will be on the road on May 19 and hope that your spirit and support will be there with us helping to fulfill Jared's hope and his rid the world of this terrible disease so that your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren never have to hear the word cancer again. 

 best wishes and love to all, 

 For Team Kermit

Steven, Ellen, and Adam Branfman

Note: Team Kermit is not an "open" team. If you would like to learn more, please contact me at

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NBTS is fiercely committed to finding a cure for brain tumors. NBTS aggressively drives strategic research; advocates for public policies that meet the critical needs of the brain tumor community; and provides comprehensive patient, family, and caregiver resources.

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