A Thank You from Susan Marshall

A Thank You from Susan Marshall

October 2012

It is hard to believe that more than 10 years have passed since I accepted the role of Executive Director with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. Twelve years earlier, in 1990, I had heard that devastating news, “your son has a brain tumour”.

Soon after I started volunteering, joined the Board of Directors, and later took on the role as President. Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada had become my volunteer passion.

Accepting the position of Executive Director in 2002 was a way to give back to the many special people who had supported me during Brent’s journey.

At that time, I set goals to increase the impact of the organization by expanding services across the country and by building the research program in order to bring hope to more families like mine. It was also my personal goal to ensure that the organization continue to be financially responsible since I knew that financial sustainability would be critical to ensuring that the organization would continue to help families far into the future. Now, 10 years later, I have achieved those personal and professional goals and am ready to move into a new phase in my life.

I am extremely proud of the difference the organization has made for families affected by brain tumours over these 10 years. Generous donor support has grown 400 per cent making it possible to expand programs across the country, with some of the programs more than doubling their impact over these 10 years.

Remarkably, last year we invested $500,000 in bringing hope to families through research. I could go on and on about all the wonderful contributions and changes that have taken place over this time, yet more than anything, I am proud of the leadership position and profile Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada has achieved within the global brain tumour community.

Reflecting back to 1990 when I was given that terrible news, ”your son has a brain tumour”, I found the hope and support I needed from Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. I heard that news again in 2009 when Brent’s brain tumour returned. Brent passed away in 2010. And yet again, I found that love and support from the brain tumour community.

With my decision to leave my role as Executive Director, my passion and dedication will carry on. I will remain a proud Kelly Society Member and a Heritage Club Donor. I will always be a part of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s family.

I will miss all the special people who have touched my life and allowed me to be a small part of theirs.

Thank you to the volunteers who give of their time and talent to help others on their journey with a brain tumour.

Thank you to the Board of Directors who lend their passion and expertise to lead the organization.

Thank you to the compassionate and caring staff who give of themselves every day to make a difference for families like mine.

Each in your own way you have made a difference for me, for Brent and for my family.

With heartfelt thanks,

Susan Marshall

Update: In August 2015, Susan Marshall returned to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada as CEO. We are so happy to have her back! 

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