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Did you know that one of the most widely-read pages of newspaper is editorial page? You can influence others in your community by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper in support of brain tumour awareness, and you can ask others to do it too. Keep your letter as short as possible (or the paper will cut out some of your content) and remember to be persuasive. This is your chance to influence the opinion of someone you may not even know!
Letters can usually be delivered by e-mail, or you can put it in an envelope and mail it – just look to your local paper’s website for their submission guidelines. Below is a sample letter to get you started.
I/We am/are writing today to raise awareness about brain tumours in our community.
My xxxxx – insert your story here, in 3-5 sentences.
I/We are not alone. May is Brain Tumour Awareness Month and during this month alone, 837 Canadians will hear the words, “you have a brain tumour.” And they will add their voice to the 55,000 survivors across this country desperate for an increase in awareness of this little-known disease.
But even more importantly, every one of these people need understanding about the extreme impact of a brain tumour. They are silent and sneaky thieves stealing personalities, livelihoods, abilities – and ultimately, far too often, lives.
I urge all readers to xxxxxx – what do you want them to do? Volunteer? Give? Watch for symptoms? Advocate for more help from government by contacting MPPs?
Xxxxx – include tumour type, year of diagnosis etc if you are comfortable
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