Natalie's Story of Volunteering

Natalie's Story of Volunteering

Volunteer Profile

Natalie lends a compassionate ear to anyone who wants to share their story, which has helped her in more ways than one. The brain tumour community residing in London will have seen Natalie at Brain Tumour Walk events in previous years and at BrainWAVE events. Natalie has lost two dear ones to brain tumours and became involved with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada to help support other people on their brain tumour journey.  

Natalie began volunteering with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada in May of 2014 with the BrainWAVE committee. Last year she was involved with the Brain Tumour Walk for London and this year she has returned as the London walk coordinator. When asked why she volunteers with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, Natalie said she lost her best friend to a brainstem glioma in November of 2010. She also lost her brave sister-in-law who suffered from brain tumours. Natalie realized that brain tumours were prevalent and touched many lives. Natalie’s experience prompted her to reach out to other families in similar situations. 
For Natalie, volunteering with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada has been incredibly rewarding. Her most fulfilling volunteer activities are the BrainWAVE events. Natalie loves connecting with the families as these events give the families a chance to escape the challenges of everyday life. They allow for families to be families and have fun together, even for just one day. They don’t have to worry about hospital visits or telling their story to doctors. It’s also a great opportunity for Natalie to spend time with her best friend’s mother, who is also part of the BrainWAVE committee. It allows her to remember her best friend, share happy memories and stay connected. 
For people who are thinking of volunteering with the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, Natalie finds that the commitment is not as overwhelming as many people would think it is. The BrainWAVE committee meetings are on a monthly basis and take about two hours. Natalie says this about volunteering, “Giving back to your community is so rewarding. The people who participate in these programs truly appreciate the events we put on for them. It really does personally satisfy me because I experience the joy of our families uniting and supporting one another as they share their experiences with others who understand their journey.” Natalie wants other families to know that there are resources out there to help families dealing with brain tumours. The key to everyone knowing about the resources is through awareness, which she hopes to spread. 
Natalie’s hope is for a cure and to answer the many unknowns about brain tumours such as how do you get a brain tumour and why. That the dollars donated to research will find a cure.
Thank you, Natalie, for your passion and purpose as a Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada volunteer. 

If you are interested in donating your time and talent, please contact:

Jennifer McIntosh 
Manager, Human Resources and Volunteer Development
1-800-265-5106, ext. 231
 April 2016 

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