Community Fundraiser Stories

Thank you to everyone who continues to host fundraising events in their community

BrainCycle Tour
With little to no cycling experience, two intrepid graduates from Queen's University are on the bike ride of a lifetime, from Gibraltar, through Spain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark to Bergen, Norway. A total of 5,000kms! They are raising money for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. Read their story...

Doctors Face Off for Brain Tumours
Every day, 27 Canadians learn they have a brain tumour. And with that diagnosis, life changes in an instant. Doctors Andrew Leung and Rob Hammond know this reality all too well - and that's why they've decided to help in a uniquely Canadian way. For these colleagues, hockey is not only a favourite pastime, but it’s a chance to come together for Docs on Ice – the annual charitable hockey tournament for Ontario medical pros. Read their story...
Funds and Awareness for the Cause
For Michael Lombardi’s friends, their undergraduate years at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, were about more than the typical concerns. Six years ago, during their first year, this tight knit group decided to do something to give back to the community. At the same time as this desire to “do something bigger than us,” one of their good friends’ Aunts was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Read their story...
A hole-in-one for brain tumours – A tribute to Kathrine Turek, Ontario
In July 2014, the annual Kathrine Turek Memorial Golf Tournament took place just outside of London, Ontario. For Kathrine’s daughter, Vicki Turek-Rawski, and the tightknit Turek family, it was a perfect day to commemorate their mother and wife. Over the past three years, the tournament and dinner event has raised over $50,000 for the brain tumour community. Read their story...
Heading for a Cure Music Night, Saskatchewan
For Gary Evjen and Karen Kowalenko-Evjen, Heading for a Cure Music Night is all about supporting brain tumour patients, survivors and their families – a community of loved ones the couple are proud to call friends. Read why Gary, a brain tumour survivor, and Karen are so committed to supporting others on the brain tumour journey.
Banff Jasper RelayThe Banff-Jasper Relay - A Tribute to a Runner's Journey, Alberta
How does the famous Margaret Mead quote go? “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world…” When you look at the friends who gather each year and volunteer to manage the Banff-Jasper Relay, they embody this sentiment completely,  read their story...
Ehlana's Gift of Hope, Southern Ontario
In the summer of 2012, grade-four student Ehlana decided she wanted to do something to celebrate her dear friend Samantha, who was undergoing treatment for a pediatric brain tumour. With perseverance and resolve she raised $6,100 for brain tumour research and patient care, read how and why in her story.
Honouring Sheena Sturgeon, Moncton, New Brunswick
In August 2012, the staff at ADTS Incorporated came together to honour their friend and former colleague Sheena Sturgeon. Sheena was 45 years old when she passed away from a brain tumour in June 2012. She is survived by her husband Vaughn and her three daughters Rebecca, Allison and Mariah. Sheena maintained an unwavering optimistic spirit following her diagnosis and it is in this spirit that her colleagues wanted to honour. Because Sheena and Vaughn enjoyed attending concerts, the ADTS Group saw an opportunity when Bruce Springsteen came to Moncton in August 2012. They decided to organize an in-house fundraiser to raise money and awareness for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. By selling tickets towards two grand prizes of grand stand seating and accommodations for the concert, the group was able to raise $1,044.00 in honour of Sheena.
Making "Cents" of Brain Tumours
"My Grandson had a tumor removed when he was two and another one this May when he was turning six," says Windsor grandmother Lisa. Donovan's first tumor was found in October and since October is Brain Tumour Awareness Month, Donovan and his grandparents decided to  help him collect pennies as part of the  Making Cents of Brain Tumoursc campaign. See more photos of Donovan and others who participated in Making "Cents" of Brain Tumours here.
Kristen before the ironman in honour of her father who passed away from brain cancerRacing for Dad
On August 19th, 2012, Kristen Page raced the Ironman Mont Tremblant in honour of her dad, Paul Finch. Fulfilling a promise made to her dad, Kristen was able to raise more than $5.000.00 for Brain Tumour Foundation by competing in the race which consisted of a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and a 42.2km run. You can read more about her journey through her blog.
Boat Cruise for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, Vancouver, BC
The University of British Columbia Nursing Undergraduate Society held a fundraiser for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada on Sunday, July 8th, 2012. The "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" cruise was a huge success, bringing in $970.00 for the organization with approximately 120 in attendance. The cruise left from Vancouver's False Creek and went for a three hour ride west of downtown.The cruise included appetizers, a DJ dance party and an assortment of prizes that varied from clothing to gift certificates for local restaurants.
brain tumour survivor connor and his wife at fundraising eventBirdies for Brain Tumours Golf Tournament, Brandon, MB
On July 8, 2012, 284 golfers came together and raised more than $30,000 for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada at the first Birdies for Brain Tumours Golf Tournament. The event was coordinated by and in support of brain tumour survivor Connor Tomson. Following the day of golfing, 335 people came together for a dinner and silent auction. See photos from the event in the 2012 Community Event photo album. Thank you to everyone who helped make the day an incredible success. You can read a story from the Westman Journal about Connor and his brain tumour journey here. You can also read Connor's story of courage.
CDL beach volleyball tournament for brain tumours
Coquitlam Dodgeball League (CDL) Beach Volleyball Tournament, Coquitlam, BC
On Saturday, August 18, 2012, Matt Hung brought together players for the CDL beach Volleyball Tournament raising $950 for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. Thank you to everyone who helped make the day an incredible success. See  photos from the event in the 2012 Community Event photo album.
I Love Lucy, Toronto, ON
Thera Robinson Issawi and her family hosted a charity dinner and auction in memory of her mother, Lucy Robinson. On Friday, February 5, their event with great food and entertainment raised close to $8,000.00. Thank you so much, Thera.
Chinuary, Kingston, ON
Michael Lombardi and his friends from Queen’s University held a fundraising event in honour of Cathy Bozzetto. Participants grew beards from January 21 to February 21 and collected donations in order to shave them off at the end of the month. Besides being a lot of fun, their efforts helped raised $500.00, and has led to plans for another Chinuary event next year.
Lemonade Stand, Guelph, ON
During the Eden Mills Writers Festival in September, Sharon Zamin’s three nephews, Alex (6), Evan (5) and Joshua (9) organized a lemonade stand. The boys dedicated their hard work and salesmanship to selling refreshing drinks and donated their proceeds to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. With their hard work and determination, these boys serve as an inspiration to us all.

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Eileen Quigg
Community Engagement and Events Associate
1-800-265-5106 or 519-642-7755, ext. 224

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