Brain Tumour Awareness Month

Help raise awareness about brain tumours

In 2017 we are encouraging everyone to Join the Movement to End Brain Tumours and Turn May Grey!
We also plan to join the worldwide movement in October 21-28, 2017 for International Brain Tumour Awareness Week.  
There are multiple ways you can help raise awareness through brain tumour awareness, whether it be for the Month, the Week or the entire year. This year is our 35th Anniversary, so we hope that you will be one of the people who will help complete 35 activities for us!
We have some tools to help you in your awareness activities. How much you do, is up to you! 
Click on any of the drop downs below to get ideas of some of the awareness activities for Brain Tumour Awareness Month 2017. You can see some of the photos from BTAM 2017 here.
 See also the statement made in the House of Commons with thanks to Ginette Petitpas Taylor, MP:

Turn May Grey!

It's time to 'Go Grey in May'. We are now encouraging all Canadians to raise awareness for Brain Tumour Awareness Month by wearing Grey! Clothing, hats, fingernails, it all counts! 

Share your story about how you helped Turn May Grey here and maybe we will share it on social media. 

Here's a video that Claire has shared with us!:

Landmarks are Changing Colour!

In 2017, we were hoping to see 35 landmarks light up to mark Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada's 35th Anniversary!

If you can help light up a landmark in your area for 2018, please contact Amy who would love to hear from you!

Here are some of the landmarks that were confirmed for 2017:

  • May 1:  Telus Spark, Calgary, AB
  • May 1:  Science World, Vancouver, BC
  • May 1:  Fitzsimmons Bridge, Whistler, BC
  • May 2:  Calgary Tower, Calgary, AB
  • May 2:  Vancouver City Hall, Vancouver, BC
  • May 3:  CN Tower, Toronto, ON *Note: a standard light show will run for eight minutes at the top of every hour
  • May 3:  City Hall, Toronto, ON
  • May 3:  3D Toronto sign, Toronto, ON
  • May 4 - 31: City Hall, Fredericton, NB will lit up orange for (almost) the entire month of May! 
  • May 5:  BMO Building, Montreal, QC
  • May 5 - 7: Montreal City Hall, Montreal, QC
  • May 8:  Reconciliation Bridge, Calgary, AB - to be rescheduled for later in May.
  • May 9 - 31: Town Hall, Amherstburg, ON will light up for the rest of the month of May!
  • May 11: The Peace Bridge, Fort Erie, ON
  • May 11, 13 & 15:  Reconciliation Bridge, Calgary, AB
  • May 14 - 20: The Forks, Winnipeg, MB will turn the canopy orange for the week!
  • May 15: JA Taylor Building at Wellington and Dundas, the Fountain at the Forks, London Life, and the Convention Centre, London, ON (City Hall was scheduled to light up but unfortunately there is a technical issue with the lights)
  • May 15 - 19: Sarnia City Hall, Sarnia, ON
  • May 16 - 31: Victoria City Hall, Victoria, BC
  • May 19: Montreal Olympic Stadium, Montreal, QC
  • May 22: Halifax City Hall, Halifax, NS
  • May 23: Welland Bridge 13, Welland, ON
  • May 25: Skylon Tower, Niagara Falls, ON
  • May 26: High Level Bridge, Edmonton, AB
  • May 27: Civic Tower, Mississauga, ON
  • May 29: BC Place, Vancouver, BC

If you saw any of these places lit up, please send Amy photos!

Here are some of the pictures of the landmarks that were lit up in 2016...


Niagara Falls raised awarenessWith thanks to The Niagara Falls Illumination Board, on May 1, 2016, Niagara Falls turned orange at approximately 10:00 pm to raise awareness of Brain Tumours! 

We wanted to turn Niagara Falls grey, but it wasn't one of the colour options available, so we picked another colour that you all would recognize. See more photos here.

It seems very appropriate that one of the most iconic landmarks along the border of the United States of America helped raise awareness of brain tumours for the first North American Brain Tumour Awareness Month! 

Edmonton Light the Bridge

In the City of Edmonton, the bridge will be lit up in grey on May 3 in support of the brain tumour community! 


Many thanks to the volunteer effort in Edmonton for this opportunity!

The CN Tower will be lit orange May 4


The CN Tower will be lit orange May 4 in acknowledgement of Brain Tumour Awareness Month!

The lighting will begin at sunset, however it won’t become fully visible until the sky darkens sufficiently approximately 30 minutes later. A standard light show will run for 8 minutes at the top of every hour.

 London City Hall Orange

City of London buildings and amenities were lit orange on Monday, May 9, 2016, in support of Brain Tumour Awareness Month.

This includes City Hall, the JA Taylor Building at Wellington and Dundas, the Fountain at the Forks, and London Life!



 Calgary Tower Lit Orange

The Calgary Tower was lit orange in the last week of May for Brain Tumour Awareness Month!




Toronto sign lit up for Brain Tumour Awareness Month

We ended the month the way it started, by lighting up something big! This time, the Toronto sign in Nathan Phillips Square! 

Thank you to everyone who helped light up buildings and raise awareness!

We achieved a lot and we can't wait to do it again next May.

Is there a memorable way that we can raise awareness in your community? Contact Amy today to let us know!


Brain Tumour Awareness Month Declared!

Awareness is more than just colour! 

We have received proclamations for 2017 from:

  • Vancouver, BC
  • Ottawa, ON
  • Fredericton, NB
  • Welland, ON
  • Beaconsfield, QC
  • Kingston, ON
  • Yellowknife, NT
  • Niagara Falls, ON
  • Calgary, AB
  • Edmonton, AB
  • Greater Sudbury, ON

If you would like to approach your local Mayor for 2018, please contact Amy, for more information and a draft letter and proclamation to get you started.

Note, not all muncipalities issue proclamations any more, but we are very grateful to those that do!

Here are some of the proclamations from 2016... The Mayor of Vancouver, BC was the first to provide us with a declaration to share with you all, followed by the Province of BC, the City of Yellowknife, the City of Calgary, the City of Victoria, the City of Welland and the City of Niagara Falls, Ontario!

City of Vancouver declares May as Brain Tumour Awareness MonthBC Proclaims May as Brain Tumour Awareness MonthYellowknife proclaims Brain Tumour Awareness Month

 Calgary proclaims BTAM! Welland ProclamationNiagara Falls ProclamationVictoria proclaims May as BTAM






Every Brain Tumour Counts

There are over 120 types of brain tumour!

International data suggests that Canada has one of the highest incidence rates for brain cancer in the world. Canada has not systematically recorded incidence rates for all primary brain tumours, traditionally omitting non-malignant brain tumours. An estimated two-thirds of all non-malignant brain tumours are not reported in cancer registries and yet they can be just as devastating as malignant ones. This must change in Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s 35th anniversary milestone year. That is why we are passionate about building a Canadian Brain Tumour Registry.

You can give instantly. Text BRAINTUMOUR RGSTRY to 20222 to donate $10 to ensure that every brain tumour counts.

As these funds will go to support the Brain Tumour Registry Project and so these funds will be also be DOUBLED!  Find out more about Text to Donate.


Share with your community

Canada's Cuppa for Brain Tumours

Host a Morning Tea (Cuppa) for Brain Tumour Awareness Month. You can hold your tea anytime in the month of May. You can involve your coworkers, club members, school members – anyone that needs a break. 

How to get started: Register your “Cuppa” with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and we will send out a pre-packaged kit that will have some event tips and display material for your Cuppa.

Plan your event: Decide if you will be doing this in the comfort of your home, at the club, or at your place of work. Please get any necessary approvals to do so and talk to managers and have them behind your cuppa as they can help to spread the word too. Book your location, set a date and time and start planning. Once you have all the details, we can send you a secured link where donations can be made to your event and receipted.

To receive further information, please contact Eileen Quigg at

Join a Brain Tumour Walk or other Community Event!

Brain Tumour WalkThere were 7 Brain Tumour Walk events in May! 

Sunday, May 7, 2017
Brampton, ON; Guelph, ON

Saturday, May 27, 2017
Edmonton, AB; Fredericton, NB

Sunday, May 28, 2017
Hamilton-Niagara, ON; Victoria, BC; Yellowknife, NT

For those events taking place in June, Brain Tumour Awareness Month is a great time to be fundraising!  

We can't wait to see you at a Brain Tumour Walk event near you!  If there isn't a walk near you, don't forget that we have a Virtual Walk that you can do any time, any where, any distance.

There may also be other events in your community. From the BlueNose Marathon events in Halifax, NS, to the Monkey Crew Family Fun Day in Kelowna, BC, check the Events Calendar for events near you!


Awareness or Fundraising or Both...its up to you!

Brain Tumour Awareness Month is a great opportunity to raise awareness and also a great opportunity for fundraising. How much you want to do, is up to you!  

If you are fundraising, here are some significant amounts to bear in mind:

  • Tax Receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more
  • $27 honours the 27 Canadians diagnosed with a brain tumour every day
  • $52 signifies the estimated number of visits a newly diagnosed patient will make to their health care team in the first year after a brain tumour diagnosis (surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, blood work, etc.)
  • $120 signifies the number of different types of brain tumours about which we need more research
You can donate to support the brain tumour community today. Your one-time, tribute or recurring gift brings hope to the 837 Canadians that will be diagnosed with a brain tumour in May. Thank you. 


Why it Matters

This year, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada has been providing hope for 35 years. With your help, we will be here for 35 more, or until the cause of and a cure for brain tumours has been found.  Learn more...and Join the Movement to End Brain Tumours. 

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