Group Works Together to Fight Brain Tumours

Group Works Together to Fight Brain Tumours

Every year, teams of dedicated volunteers lead Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s annual Spring Sprint walkathons  (now Brain Tumour Walk) across the country. It is with their committed support that the vision to find the cause of and a cure for brain tumours, while improving the quality of life for those affected, can be realized. The London area Spring Sprint committee, made up of 11 dedicated volunteers, takes responsibility for the planning and execution of the event including logistics, route marshalling, media relations, volunteer coordination or sponsorship.

Christa Kingsley, co-coordinator of the London Spring Sprint, explains how volunteering for this event has opened her eyes. “It has been incredibly encouraging and comforting to be exposed to, and speak with other people that have gone through (and continue to go through) the same or similar experiences that I have.”

Fellow committee volunteer and University of Western Ontario student, Alexandra MacDonald, gives her time to solicit local sponsorship. With a close family member re-diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, it’s been important for Alexandra to get involved because of the nature of the organization. “Personally, I have had a hard time dealing with my uncle's diagnosis, and being a part of something bigger that benefits other people, in either his shoes or mine, is something I want to be a part of.”

Thank you to this committee and all of the volunteers who work together in communities across Canada to coordinate the 21 Spring Sprints. Together, we can Imagine a Cure.

Story posted: April 2011

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