Marjorie Brezina

Marjorie Brezina

Volunteer Profile

Thank You Marj Brezina – A Journey 25 years in the Making

For the past 25 years, Marj has devoted her time to one of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s monthly support groups as the facilitator for the Kitchener-Waterloo meetings. Through her dedicated efforts, Marj helps to ensure brain tumour patients and families have consistent support on their journey with this life-changing disease. In 2014, Marj will step down from her role with the group, but is unwavering in her pledge to continue to support those facing a brain tumour diagnosis.

When Marj reflects on her volunteerism over the past several decades, her thoughts turn to the first time she learned about brain tumours – the reason for her tireless commitment to the cause. Twenty-eight years ago, Marj and her family received news from doctors that they never expected: their 13-year-old son had a non-malignant brain tumour. "It was during this time that I learned the importance of support," says Marj, and so she started to offer her time to help families cope with the same diagnosis her family had received. Marj also began working to raise awareness about pediatric brain tumours in local schools, so that teachers would be better equipped to spot the possible symptoms of the disease.

Since those initial years, Marjorie has seen drastic changes in the medical field and the level of support offered to patients and families. “The handbook provided by Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada has come so far and is a marvelous source of information,” she explains. Though she will no longer lead the Kitchener-Waterloo support group, Marj plans to continue her work to bring brain tumour awareness to the region’s schools. “I do not ever wish a parent to go through what we did, and finding a brain tumour earlier can help by knowing the signs of what to look for. Teachers are around our children so much it’s important that they understand the signs, too.”

For Marj, finding a community of supporters and sharing her experiences has been a source of strength. Today she hopes that other families can find those connections as well. “Telling my story and showing a photo of my son and his kids, our grandchildren, provides hope. It shows that living life to the fullest after a diagnosis is possible.”

 

Thank you Marj for your dedication, care and kindness to everyone you have met during your 25 years as the facilitator for the Kitchener-Waterloo Brain Tumour Support Group. Your encouragement and dedication have helped many who have faced a brain tumour diagnosis.

 

If you are interested in donating your time and talent, please contact:

Jennifer McIntosh
Human Resources and Volunteer Development Specialist
jmcintosh@braintumour.ca
1-800-265-5106, ext. 231

 


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