From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU, for helping #TurnMayGrey in 2020!
Even though the circumstances were different this year, our community really stepped it up to ensure that Brain Tumour Awareness Month was filled with hope and lots of grey!
Thanks to everyone who used the Turn May Grey Facebook photo frame! By using the frame you generated major awareness online, and by updating your profile picture you helped create a wave that reached hundreds of thousands of people.
We also want to give a big shout-out to all those that returned to their roots and showed off their grey hair coming in during this time of isolation. Your pictures were fantastic, and your donations are making a difference.
We are so grateful for everyone who held a Facebook fundraiser in May – together you raised about $9,000. A special thanks to those who think of us on your birthday and encourage donations to us in lieu of a gift – we appreciate you sharing your big day with us!
With this year’s emphasis on brain tumour signs and symptoms, we want to thank everyone who submitted their personal story. We shared many posts throughout the month and received many reshares as well. Thanks to all of you, we will help hundreds of thousands of Canadians know what warning signs to look out for. As we are fully aware, knowing the signs and symptoms of a brain tumour can be crucial for earlier diagnosis and treatment.
On May 14, 2020, the Brain Tumour Registry of Canada launched the survival report, which included key information on survival rates of the Canadian population – in case you missed that please check it out at braintumourregistry.ca.
The report is an important step in the right direction, using data from Ontario, BC, Manitoba and Alberta reflecting 70 per cent of the Canadian population. A full pan-Canadian report is currently in the works and will help further shine a light on survival rates for brain tumour patients.
Special shout out to some of our community members for their support and creativity in raising awareness and funds.
• Danielle Froio King for her Turn May Grey campaign
• Dance of Thrones in Calgary
• Traci Chambers for her bracelet campaign
• To the folks in Midland for teaming up with Harvey’s who generously donated 10% of sales for a day
• Team For Pete’s Sake in Calgary who collectively ran 100km
• Madison in Windsor for her headscarf campaign
• Team Amber in Hamilton-Niagara for her headband and scrunchie campaign
• Suzi’s Handmade Dream Catchers
• Mayor Christian Provenzano declared May 27 Brain Tumour Awareness Day in Sault Ste Marie
• Kyleigh Provenzano for organizing an #AlgomaGoesGrey Day
• Mayor John Tory Declared May 27 Brain Cancer Awareness day in the City of Toronto
• BC Place, The Government House in Newfoundland and The Welland Bridge lit their lights for Brain Tumour Awareness Month
These are just a few! We are so grateful to our community for getting involved in Brain Tumour Awareness Month and we know there are so many more of you!
If you did a fundraiser or an awareness initiative please reach out to us and let us know. We love to hear how our community is getting involved and would like to give everyone the recognition and thanks that you deserve!
Finally, we are looking forward to our first ever Virtual Brain Tumour Walk on June 27, 2020. We are excited to announce that we will be kicking off the event at Noon EST with an opening ceremony video that will be hosted by Canadian broadcaster and writer Alan Cross. After that, we invite you to take your steps in any way you would like that is fun and safe!
We can’t wait to see how you are taking your steps!
Remember that EVERY TIME you use the hashtag #VirtualBrainTumourWalk on June 27 Al’s Flower Pouch by A.M.A. will donate 27 cents to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. So post away, help us raise awareness, increase donations, and come together as a community to help those affected by brain tumours.
Thanks to everyone who has already signed up and started fundraising! We really appreciate all of your support during this difficult time. Let’s keep going! More steps are needed to #EndBrainTumours.
Register and fundraise at www.braintumourwalk.ca.