Rowing Team Unites for Brain Tumour Support

Team Raising Funds, Awareness and Generating Hope for the Battle Against Brain Tumours

Andrew Kaszowski wants Canadian's to know that brain tumours are more common than people think – they don’t discriminate and affect people of all ages. In 2010, Andrew came to the realization that within his extended circle of friends and family, almost 15 people had or have a brain tumour. Though the scope of this personal impact sounds shocking, when you consider that 10,000 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year, the possibility becomes real. It was this realization the prompted Andrew to become involved with Spring Sprint  (now Brain Tumour Walk), the annual fundraising event for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.

A member of the London Rowing Club, Andrew approached his team in 2010 to sponsor his fundraising efforts. It was then that he learned a teammate was fighting a brain tumour. The team rallied behind her, deciding to also run in the 2010 Spring Sprint and inspiring them to do more. This year, the team has banded together to once again to raise funds for Spring Sprint. “Our team has really come together, our friendship is stronger and the importance of this event is even more significant,” Andrew says. “We are inspired by our teammate and her fight, and we also want to do what we can to help the many, many people who are battling brain tumours.”

The funds raised help Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada to provide patient support, education and information as well as funds critical research into the causes of and a cure for brain tumours. This includes research being conducted at London Health Sciences Centre and The University of Western Ontario. “We are especially proud that London is a leading centre in the world for brain tumour treatment and research,” Andrew notes.

On Saturday, April 16, Andrew and his team the London Rowers Fighting Brain Tumours will attend the London Spring Sprint. "Spring Sprint is such an inspiring event,” Andrew explains. “Seeing the community come together to support all of those affected by a brain tumour, it makes you realize how much you can do to help. Together, we are all hoping for the best for anyone with a brain tumour.”

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Story posted: April 2011

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