Who We Are

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is made up of a dedicated team of staff, volunteers and health care professionals, all working together for the same goal: End brain tumours. Our head office is located in London, Ontario.

We are unique in that we work to serve the needs of Canadians affected by both malignant and non-malignant brain tumours.

Hope and support are at the core of everything we do – whether it’s funding new and exciting research into brain tumour treatments, or bringing patients, survivors, and families closer together at our Brain Tumour Walk events and support groups.

Over the years, we’ve grown from a local operation to a national organization, raising millions to find a cure for brain tumours while supporting tens of thousands of Canadians along their brain tumour journeys.

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is funded entirely through generous donations from individuals, corporations, and employee groups as well as through memorial gifts, planned giving and special events.

We’re here to help anyone affected by any type of brain tumour. When we say you are not alone, it’s not just a motto – it’s why we exist.

Brain tumours are unpredictable and complex. They can affect vision, hearing, memory, balance, and mobility. Their effects are physical, emotional, financial, and last a lifetime.

That’s why we work so hard to give the estimated 55,000 Canadians currently living with a brain tumour hope.

Hope through research.

Hope through patient and survivor support.

Hope for a cure.

Founder Steve Northey discusses why the mission to help patients is so important.

Meet some of the amazing people involved with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada: survivors including Jennifer, Rick, Sara, Alice, volunteer Dr. Joe Megyesi and founder Steve Northey – and learn about the impact that donations have on brain tumour patients and their families. Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is here to serve everyone in Canada affected by this disease.

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A Glance at Programs & Services

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada raises funds to lead research into the cause of and cure for this devastating disease. We also provide vital programs for the brain tumour community, including Support Groups and Conferences, and resources like the Brain Tumour Handbooks and Information Sheets.

  • Brain Tumour Handbooks – A comprehensive, easy-to-read guide to brain tumours. Available in Adult, Pediatric, Non-Malignant and Caregiver versions, in English and French.
  • 1-800-265-5106 – This toll-free, Canada-wide support and information line is answered by our friendly, knowledgeable staff Monday to Friday.
  • Support Groups – Brain tumour patients, families and survivors meet monthly across the country to share concerns, fears, hopes and dreams in a safe, supportive environment.
  • Private Facebook Support Group – an active group asking questions, sharing experiences and gaining support from other patients, survivors, caregivers, families and loved ones.
  • BrainStorm Newsletter – Get inspired by stories of hope and triumph. Obtain reliable information about research, treatment and patient support and learn about the important donors who support these programs and services.
  • www.braintumour.ca – Find information and support right here, as well as to find out about events, volunteering and research updates.
  • Learning Opportunities – Webinar series featuring the latest developments in the field of brain tumour treatment and research. Medical professionals, researchers and survivors share information and stories.
  • Funding Research – Since 1982, more than $7.2 million has been invested in brain tumour research by the organization. The Research Grant program directly supports research into causes and treatments through project grants, studentships and fellowships. We also fund the Brain Tumour Tissue Bank providing brain tumour tissue samples to researchers around the world.
  • Children’s Storybook – A Friend in Hope tells the story of Hope, a young girl who has a brain tumour through the eyes of her best friend Danny. Young readers learn about the challenges Hope faces, such as medical treatments, losing her hair, hospital stays and missing school.
  • Education Awards – Pediatric brain tumour survivors can apply for these unique education awards designed to help this unique group of survivors access post-secondary education, and to achieve their dreams.
  • Brain Tumour Walk events – This walk/run fundraiser happens across Canada every spring. Volunteers organize Brain Tumour Walk events in their home community, raising funds and awareness along the way.
  • The National Office – Head Office is located at 205 Horton St E., Suite 203, London, Ontario, N6B 1K7.
  • Year of the Brain 2015 – Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is a founding partner of the southwestern Ontario Year of the Brain 2015 initiative and the Brain Health Network.

Our Vision, Mission and Values

Every year, thousands of Canadians affected by brain tumours find emotional support and comfort while gaining a better understanding and knowledge of their disease through a range of programs and services available across the country. This includes: up-to-date brain tumour information material, education events and support groups. Important brain tumour research is also supported through annual grants, a fellowship and the brain tumour tissue bank.

Our Vision

To find the cause of and a cure for brain tumours while improving the quality of life for those affected.

Our Mission

To reach every person in Canada who is affected by a brain tumour through support, education, information and research.

Our Values

These values inform everything that we do to create impact and meaning for the brain tumour community in Canada: Hope, Caring, Integrity, Accountability, and Collaboration.

More on our Values

Hope: We strive to empower and engage people affected by a brain tumour through optimism, while inspiring the community to share their time, talent, experience and resources.
Caring: We act with empathy, compassion, understanding and a strong desire to empower and emotionally support those we serve.
Integrity: We are committed to honesty, respect and transparency in our actions and to always do what we promise.
Accountability: We fulfill our legal, moral and ethical standards with rigour and we report back to our stakeholders in a timely and accurate manner.
Collaboration: We work toward achieving our mission through effective partnerships, alliances and affiliations with volunteers, staff, donors and other members of the brain tumour community.