Neuro Nurses Sprint for a Cure

Holly Anderson was in her first semester of nursing school at the University of British Columbia in October 2011 when her father was diagnosed with a brain tumour in his right temporal lobe. Holly’s father underwent surgery and began a six week regime of oral chemotherapy and radiation seven days a week. Still to this day, he is going through oral chemotherapy and attending regular MRI follow ups.

Holly’s father received Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s patient handbook when he was discharged and still refers to it regularly. He is grateful for the support the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada provides, but realizes there is a need for more and this has motivated him to give back to the cancer community.

Holly’s father’s strength and optimism has motivated Holly to also make a difference. As a nursing student at UBC she was nominated to take on the role of Charity Coordinator through the Nursing Undergraduate Society. The charity she has chosen to fight for is the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. She plans on holding several events, both social and educational, throughout the year to raise awareness and money.

Holly and her team of friends, family, and fellow nursing students have come together as the Neuro Nurses to participate in the Vancouver Spring Sprint (now Brain Tumour Walk) for the first time.

"By witnessing my Dad’s strength and optimism I am motivated to make a difference” - Holly Anderson, daughter of brain tumour survivor

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Story posted: May 2012

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