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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Tracey’s Story: Hope and Optimism

Headaches are like house guests. Some come and go. Others don’t want to leave; and become a real nuisance. Tracey’s headache lasted a full 6 months but it still wasn’t enough of a warning sign. What she had was a tumour in her brain, discovered when it caused hydrocephalus, put her in a coma for two days and she was just hours from death. Four brain surgeries later, Tracey is here to tell her story, and importantly, how she found ways to remain optimistic in the face of grave adversity.

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Andrew’s story of being tough

What do you see when you look in the mirror? When Andrew’s friend looked at him, he saw an immensely tough person and wanted to let...

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Hats for Hope

Today, 8 Canadians will learn they have brain cancer. That's 3,000 Canadians each year. That's why we have launched Hats for Hope a...

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Upcoming Events

  • 22/Nov/2018: Virtual Support Group East: Virtual Support Group for Eastern Canada... Learn more >
  • 26/Nov/2018: Greater Sudbury Support Group: Meets at The Parkside Centre, 140 Durham Street, Sudbury, Ontario... Learn more >
  • 27/Nov/2018: Groupe de soutien virtuel: Un groupe de soutien virtuel pour personnes touchées par une tumeur... Learn more >
  • 27/Nov/2018: Power, Point & Shoot: University of Alberta... Learn more >
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