Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

More children die each year from brain tumours than any other childhood cancer.

We don’t know enough to stop these tumours or to reduce the impact of treatment.

We need more help.

The symbol for Childhood Cancer Awareness is a gold ribbon. The symbol for brain tumours is a grey ribbon. For children fighting a brain tumour, that's two ribbons, too many.

Brain Tumour Signs and Symptoms for ChildrenFor September 2018 we are encouraging everyone to know and share the brain tumour signs and symptoms for children. 

Recognising the signs and symptoms can lead to early diagnosis and a better outcome for the patient. 

Find out more and download the information sheet (PDF) now. 
In September 2017 we talked about: "How to Communicate with your Child"

Learn more from this Information Sheet: "Helping Your Child Understand What is Happening" 

Download or receive a copy of our children's storybook: 'A Friend in Hope'. This book is free when sent within Canada.

Delegation of Childhood Cancer Advocates, Queens Park, September 2017On September 11, 2017 we were proud to be part of a delegation raising awareness of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

We would like to hear your Words of Wisdom for a new section on our website about Communicating with a child

 
Protect Your PeepersIn September 2016 we encouraged all Canadians to Protect Your Peepers! This important message continues!

Schedule an appointment for your family to visit an optometrist today!

Protect your Peepers! is an initiative from Monkey Crew Against D.I.P.G., a non-profit Childhood Brainstem Cancer Awareness Organization. Find out more.
Jax shared some (not all) of his bravery beadsIn September 2015 we encouraged all Canadians to give blood. 

Each red bead in the (incomplete) set of bravery beads pictured left, represents one blood donation for Jax, a young brain tumour patient. This is not unusual. 

Please give blood! Find a clinic near you.

Help raise awareness about this issue by sharing this page on social media, talking to your community about it, sharing our PSA (below) and contributing to the cause.

When you give, you help people like Riley, a pediatric brain tumour survivor, and his mom Coral-Ann.

Riley's Story

Riley was just six-and-a-half when he was diagnosed with a fast-growing medulloblastoma, one of the most common pediatric brain tumours. He had to have several surgeries, plus chemotherapy and radiation, to treat the cancer. Riley had to learn how to walk and talk again. Watch their story in a video or read more...

 

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Childhood Brain Tumour Signs & Symptoms

Earlier this year, you gave us your feedback in a survey on brain tumour signs and symptoms. One of the things we did with that survey was to compile a list of the most common signs & symptoms for children. Now, as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we are sharing compelling quotes from that survey and urging you to share them with this link to see the symptoms: www.braintumour.ca/symptoms. Thank you!

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Anthony's Story is Our Story

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Kate's Mum's Story

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Upcoming Events

  • 18/Sep/2018: North Bay Support Group: Meets at St. Luke's Catholic Elementary School, 225 Milani Road, North Bay.... Learn more >
  • 18/Sep/2018: Groupe de soutien virtuel: Un groupe de soutien virtuel pour personnes touchées par une tumeur... Learn more >
  • 18/Sep/2018: Windsor Support Group: Meets at the United Way, Unit A1, 300 Giles Blvd. East... Learn more >
  • 18/Sep/2018: New Glasgow Support Group: Meets at East Haven Manor, 695 East River Road in New Glasgow, NS ... Learn more >
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