30 Things We've Learned in 30 Years

Since the founding of the organization in 1982, the brain tumour community has grown and evolved. Through the values of Hope, Caring, Integrity, Accountability and Collaboration meaning and impact is here for anyone affected by a brain tumour. In honour of this work, below are 30 things we've learned and contributed during the last 30 years.

  1. Every hour of every day, more than one person will hear the words, “You have a brain tumour.”
  2. Since 1982, you have helped lift the burden of a brain tumour for Canadians affected by this disease.
  3. Patients and families tell us that brain tumour education and support are just as important as the research for a cure.
  4. Raising awareness about the disease helps the public understand the devastating impact of a brain tumour.
  5. Any brain tumour is life changing regardless of grade or stage.
  6. We’ve learned that medical advances have revolutionized the diagnosing and treatment of brain tumours.
  7. Hope empowers people affected by a brain tumour.
  8. We’ve learned the best way to serve the brain tumour community is to offer a variety of ways to connect.
  9. Funding young researchers helps grow the neuroscience community.
  10. Thanks to the generosity of two families, there are now two $50,000 fellowships available to young researchers.
  11. More than 100 research projects have been funded by Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s research grant program.
  12. Partnering with health care professionals helps us reach brain tumour patients faster.
  13. Our Brain Tumour Handbooks are the first of their kind, anywhere in the world.
  14. We listen to the brain tumour community to ensure Canadians affected can find support and information.
  15. Local volunteers help unite brain tumour communities across Canada.
  16. Since the first event in 1995, more than 34,000 people have participated in Spring Sprints across Canada.
  17. Every year, people across Canada host their own events to fundraise and increase awareness about brain tumours in unique and personal ways.
  18. Last year, more than 100 community events helped raise awareness and dollars for the cause.
  19. Sharing your story helps people know they are not alone on the journey with a brain tumour.
  20. More than 1,500 samples have been donated to the Brain Tumour Tissue Bank.
  21. The journey for children with a brain tumour is unique and requires its own dedicated programs and support.
  22. Since 2005, 15,000 ‘A Friend in Hope’ children’s storybooks have been distributed to treatment centres, families and schools.
  23. Brain tumours know no borders. We partner with organizations around the world, to work together toward a cure.
  24. We advocate changes to practices and attitudes that are not inclusive of the brain tumour community.
  25. 67,527 Adult and Pediatric Brain Tumour handbooks have been distributed internationally.
  26. We give you the tools to advocate for yourself and for your best care.
  27. Information Day Conferences have been attended by over 6000 people since 1989.
  28. Corporate philanthropy plays an important role in helping keep our programs and services available to the brain tumour community.
  29. Because of your donation, we will change brain tumour care and research.
  30. Looking forward, we continue to build a future on a foundation of hope, collaboration, caring, integrity and accountability.

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