Journey of Hope & Healing

Journey of Hope & Healing

Pia Di Bacco raises funds and awareness

Pia Di Bacco has always considered herself to be blessed. Living in Montreal, she and husband, Tony, raised two children. She works at a school daycare, half days now, and loves working with young children. She has always given back to the community.

One day her life, and that of her family, changed forever when Tony was diagnosed with a brain tumour - glioblastoma multiforme. Pia began researching to find out as much as she could about brain tumours.

Tony underwent surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, clinical trial and was put on a regimen of drugs. The prognosis was not positive. But Pia’s unwavering optimism was the very thing Tony and their family needed in the face of this devastating disease. Her Internet search words changed to 'Brain Tumour Survivors.'

Pia then found Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada's website and read about the ‘Imagine a Cure’ bracelets, being sold to support brain tumour research and raise awareness.

"These grey bracelets would now play a significant role in our journey of hope and healing and our goal in raising awareness for brain tumours," says Pia.

She called Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, asking if they had children's size bilingual bracelets. When she heard that they were not available she took it upon herself to make it happen. "She called me back within 20 minutes and said 'I've got the money'!" recalls Ben Seewald, who looks after fundraising and special events at Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.

Through family, relatives, co-workers, friends, churches and workplaces, she sold about 5,000 children and adults' grey bracelets with the message 'L’Espoir d’une Guerison', raising over $10,000. "That is 5,000 more people talking to 5,000 more people and so on about brain tumours . Now that’s what creating awareness is all about," says Pia.

Pia through the Di Bacco and Falconi families, with relatives and friends, have also raised $3,500 towards the French translation of A friend in Hope children's storybook. Pia had her teacher friends edited the storybook to be sure the French translation was appropriate for young readers.

"Pia is a volunteer and donor that goes above and beyond to raise awareness and brings gifts to the Foundation, " says Susan Marshall, Executive Director of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. "She has an infectious enthusiasm that is a real gift to our organization."

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