Marjory's Story: Positive force

Marjory's Story: Positive force

Marjory Buttrum is an amazing example of how strength and positivity can come from a negative life experience. In 2008, Marjory’s husband Steve was diagnosed with a brain tumour. After the initial shock of the diagnosis, the family rallied as he began treatment that would include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Early in this process, the Buttrums were introduced to the resources available through Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, which were an invaluable support during a difficult time. 

Not long after his diagnosis, Marjory and her two children wanted to do something concrete, so they got involved as volunteers planning the Hamilton Spring Sprint/Brain Tumour Walk. Steve seemed to be responding well to treatment, but sadly, in the midst of planning the 2009 event, he passed away suddenly. While it was difficult to go on with planning, the family met many others at the Walk who were affected by brain tumours, and it became a therapeutic experience that helped them to process their loss.  They have continued to marshal a team to participate in the Walk every year since then.
 
After her initial volunteering experience, Marjory wanted to find additional ways to contribute to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. She joined the Board of Directors in 2010, and is currently Chair of the Information, Support and Education Committee and the Governance Committee.
 
In addition to being on the Board of Directors, The Buttrum family established a Brain Tumour Research Fellowship in 2013 in memory of their Dad/husband.  Marjory hopes that “…our support will contribute to research and treatment options that will make life better for patients with brain tumours.” 
 
Marjory has turned the biggest sadness in her life into a positive force to help others. She considers it an honour to be part of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, and hopes that her contribution will, in some small way, ease the burden for other patients and families.  In her view, it is an excellent way to honour Steve’s memory. 
 
Thank you, Marjory, 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 
Human Relations Manager
jmcintosh@braintumour.ca 
1-800-265-5106, ext. 231
  

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