'Stacey's Story: Hook, Line and Sprinters'

'Stacey's Story: Hook, Line and Sprinters'

On May 26, 2013, Vancouver baker and blogger Stacey Sellars will participate in her first Spring Sprint (now Brain Tumour Walk)  to combat brain tumours. She has pulled together a team of 20 people from across the west coast to raise money and run in memory of three loved ones affected by the disease. Their team ‘Hook, Line and Sprinters’ aims to raise $5,000 for patient programs and research.

The Sellars family's connection to the cause started more than 10 years ago when they sadly lost their aunt to a brain tumour. Then, in November 2011, Stacey's father Trevor was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The diagnosis was followed by six weeks of radiation and chemotherapy, right through the holiday season. The family crammed together into Stacey's small apartment during treatments, and she remembers the time fondly. "It is nice to look back on the time we spent together here in Vancouver, because despite the terrible circumstances, it was really good to be together."

In September 2012, Stacey lost her father. And, in a strange twist of statistics, shortly after Stacey’s father was diagnosed, Stacey heard the words 'brain tumour' again, when a friend from university was also diagnosed. This friend continues to fight the disease today.

Stacey explains, “I’m doing this so that one day no one will have to endure the loss of a loved one, so that no families will be any less than whole.”

When she learned about the Spring Sprint, Stacey says she was thrilled to hear of a way to bring awareness to a cause close to her heart. What started as a small team of  Stacey, her husband, and a couple of friends, has grown to a force of 20. In fact, the  team is now composed of family and friends coming in from Alberta, the Yukon, and Vancouver Island. And a second team in memory of Stacey's father has been created by one her Stacey's closest friends Lauren for the Saskatoon Spring Sprint.

When asked about the impact of the organization on her family, Stacey says, “Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s informational materials were a great source of guidance and comfort as we went along my father's cancer journey. We were better able to understand the potential impacts of different treatments, the possibility of heredity, and the typical timeline for my dad's type of tumour. We came into the experience with knowledge gained from my aunt's journey, but we were made even more prepared with this vital literature.”

Thank you Stacey for sharing your story, and for supporting Vancouver Spring Sprint.

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Story posted: May 2013

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