Spring Sprint: Amber's Story

Spring Sprint: Amber's Story

Amber was one of the very first people to register for Spring Sprint 2015. She lives in Calgary and is participating in memory of her husband Bruce. Her team name is 'JustDewar tumor'. This is her story.

It was only a short 16 months ago when my husband and I heard the words, “you have a brain tumour”.

November 1, 2013 changed the rest of my husband’s life, battling the fight with a glioblastoma, grade-four malignant brain tumour. Surgery was on a Sunday and Bruce was home by that Wednesday. If only the rest of his fight could of been that easy. His recovery was amazing in my eyes, nothing went wrong. He could have waited three more weeks for Halloween; he would have made an awesome Frankenstein.

Since that time I have travelled to and from the hospital over a thousand times. Appointments, radiation, chemotherapy, blood work and multiple visits due to two more surgeries, blood clots and many late nights on the emergency chairs waiting to see a doctor.

Last June I started a team to participate in the Calgary Spring Sprint walk (now Brain Tumour Walk), the JustDewar Team to show our support for Bruce and other families that are affected by brain tumours. Our team raised over $8,000 and this year our goal is to raise $10,000.

The hidden cost to treat one person with a brain tumour is never known and the amounts can be extremely high. We know this well as Bruce had to try three different chemotherapies for his brain tumour. Unfortunately nothing was working for Bruce and I am sad to say his fight ended in February, 2015.

I have met wonderful medical staff and I hear more than I should that someone I know, knows someone with a brain tumour. I want to stop hearing this and that is why I keep raising money to help with the research to find a cure for brain tumours.

With help from someone like you a simple donation of $52 can go a long way to provide support, information and connect people like my husband or my family to others that are walking in our shoes.

My team and I have joined the movement to end brain tumours by taking part in the Spring Sprint. We believe no one should hear the words, "you have a brain tumour". There are too few treatments for this disease and survival needs to be improved Every dollar raised by Spring Sprint (now Brain Tumour Walk) goes towards these goals.

Thank you for giving and, more importantly, for helping the 27 Canadians diagnosed daily with a brain tumour. You are changing lives.

Thank you Amber for sharing your story and for your support of
Spring Sprint (now Brain Tumour Walk). The movement to end brain tumours is stronger because of you and your team.












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