Brain Tumour Awareness Month

Help raise awareness about brain tumours

There are multiple ways you can help raise awareness throughout Brain Tumour Awareness Month, and the entire year. Click on any of the drop downs below for some of the activities that you can do. We have some tools and kits to help you in your awareness activities. How much you do, is up to you!

Wear Grey for a Day!

The full team of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada recently met with our co-founders, Dr. Rolando and Pamela Del Maestro, and all wore grey for the day! See a picture here. We are now encouraging all Canadians to raise awareness for Brain Tumour Awareness Month by wearing Grey! Clothing, hats, fingernails, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada merchandise, it all counts! Share your story about how you wore Grey for the Day here and maybe we will share it on social media. 

Here's a video that Claire shared with us:

Share with your community

  • Follow Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedInTwitter and YouTube and share videos and images during the month of October.
  • Let people know about the signs and symptoms of a brain tumour, send out 10 facts about the disease, and more.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local paper with our tips and sample letter

Participate in a Tweet Chat

On October 4, 2015, 7pm PST / 10pm EST, #BTSM hosted a Tweet Chat entitled: “October is Brain Tumor Awareness Month, or should we say ‘tumour’?” and they kindly invited Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada to be the guest moderator of the chat! Please find the highlights of the conversation here.

#BTSM stands for Brain Tumour Social Media and is the second biggest cancer related hashtag on Twitter, after #BCSM - Breast Cancer Social Media.

Put up an awareness display

Armed with materials and information, you can help educate others about brain tumours and their impact on anyone affected. Request an Awareness Kit and set up a display so others can learn more about the disease and the stories of courage and strength that empower survivors and their loved ones. Order your kit right now.

Help make “cents” of brain tumours

Request a Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada coin box and collect donations to help make “cents” of brain tumours. It’s a great way to get your workplace and community groups involved and give a donation, helping fund critical research and important patient and family programs. Every cent counts! Order your kit right now.  New this year, you can also contribute via a virtual coinbox.

Wear your Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada gear

When you wear an awareness bracelet or take a sip from a Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada water bottle, you show your support for the 27 Canadians diagnosed every day. From grey ribbon pins to toques, there’s something for everyone in the Awareness Store.

Awareness or Fundraising or Both...its up to you!

Brain Tumour Awareness Month is a great opportunity to raise awareness and also a great opportunity for fundraising. How much you want to do, is up to you!  

If you are fundraising, here are some significant amounts to bear in mind:

  • Tax Receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more
  • $27 honours the 27 Canadians diagnosed with a brain tumour every day
  • $52 signifies the estimated number of visits a newly diagnosed patient will make to their health care team in the first year after a brain tumour diagnosis (surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, blood work, etc.)
  • $120 signifies the number of different types of brain tumours about which we need more research

Donate now to support patients and families in honour of Brain Tumour Awareness MonthYou can donate to support the brain tumour community today. Your one-time, tribute or recurring gift brings hope to the 837 Canadians that will be diagnosed with a brain tumour in October. Thank you. 

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