Saying 'I Do' to Philanthropy

Saying 'I Do' to Philanthropy

When Albertans Andrea and Kent Wierenga married in August 2007, they chose to commemorate their special day, not with
your typical wedding favour, but with donations to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

A brain tumour survivor, Andrea was diagnosed with an Oligodendroglioma at the age of 14. “I had no symptoms,” recalls
Andrea. “I was fortunate to be camping with my grandparents and cousins, one of whom noticed me having a seizure in my
sleep.” Two CT scans and an MRI confirmed the diagnosis, which was followed by a resection and six weeks of radiation.

Looking back, Andrea, now tumour-free, says it was the Brain Tumour Patient Handbook that first brought her and her family
to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada all those years ago.

“I feel like we don’t hear a lot about brain tumours,” Andrea explains. “The handbook is a helpful resource that can make things easier for families.”

Since 2001, Andrea and her parents have been raising awareness and financial support for the brain tumour community as
long-time Edmonton Spring Sprint (now Brain Tumour Walk) participants. For Andrea, her wedding was just one more way to give back.


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