2020 Virtual Brain Tumour Walk Ambassador Stories

Here is a list of the ambassadors from across the country for our Virtual Brain Tumour Walk 2020.

*NOTES: Find out more about our Virtual Brain Tumor Walk on  this page. You can also access all our press releases here.

 

Winnipeg, MB
Kaitlyn Lawes Olympic curler Kaitlyn Lawes
My name is Kaitlyn Lawes. Some of you may “know” me from my curling career. For those who don’t, I am a 2x Olympic Champion, and a World Champion in my sport. But, what many of you don’t know is my story. I would trade all of my sporting success away in a heartbeat, if it meant I would get more time with my dad. Read Kaitlyn’s story…
Guelph, ON Barb Clark Barb Clark 25 year survivorBarb Clark describes her brain tumour journey as “a comedy act.” If that’s the case, it’s a smash hit, because 25 years later, the show is still going on. Her 25-year anniversary brings with it a strong message of hope and perseverance. Read Barb’s story…
Belleville, ON Elizabeth Gyuk In March 2000 I was diagnosed with a very large brain tumour – an acoustic neuroma. Two very lengthy surgeries later by a wonderful neurosurgeon in St John New Brunswick and my tumour was gone! Read Liz’s story…
Fredericton, NB
Katie It was Bob Marley who said, “You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.” As I continue through this journey, and sit here and try to reflect, I realize that there is no one way to deal with what has been thrown at us and what is to come. Read Katie’s story…
Kitchener/Waterloo, ON Katherine Szedetzki Katt brain tumour survivorAttending a brain tumour walk event was one of the best things for Katt Szedetzki as she recovered from her winter 2019 surgery. It was the proof she needed to know she wasn’t alone in her journey. Read Katherine’s story…
Vancouver, BC Jedro Magtoto Brain tumour survivor Jedro Magtoto

It’s not something that you’d expect to hear from anyone however, brain tumour survivor Jedro Magtoto says the prospect of losing his life made him start living it on his own terms. Read Jedro’s story…

Montreal, QC Anne Schwab A caregiver’s journey can be fraught with anxiousness and doubt… Especially when it’s a young child diagnosed with a brain tumour. However, despite the doubts, despite the obstacles, they are able to find their inner strength and rise to the occasion. Read Anne’s story…
Ottawa, ON
Laura Dill It’s ok not to be okay. For Laura Dill, it’s something she has come to embrace, but the road there was tough. Within the span of two weeks in 2019, both her father, Gerry and mother Christine, were diagnosed with glioblastoma. Read Laura’s story…
Toronto, ON Christine Tizzard Chef Christine Tizzard is well known for her culinary innovation and vibrant recipes. But it wasn’t until two years ago that she publicly opened up about another aspect of her life. She has been living with a brain tumour for 30 years – possibly more. Read Christine’s story…
Whitehorse, YT Joshua Hunt Joshua at Vancouver Comicon

Brain tumours can leave a person with a lifetime of side effects, even when they are removed. However, with the right tools and a few tricks, they can be managed. That’s the message Joshua Hunt of Whitehorse wants to get across as the media ambassador for the 2020 Whitehorse Brain Tumour Walk. Read Joshua’s story…

Edmonton, AB James Leskiw Brain tumour survivor James Leskiw

James has always been a fit man – physically and mentally. It’s just part f who he is. So it came as a surprise when a seizure at the gym sent him to hospital. Even more surprising was his eventual brain tumour diagnosis. Read Jame’s story…

Yellowknife, NWT Abbey Boyd Abbey and Tom Hats for Hope

To say Abbey was surprised when her now-fiance Tom proposed to her at the 2019 Yellowknife Brain Tumour Walk would be an understatement. However, they now have the unique distinction of being the first couple to be engaged at a walk event. More on that later. Read Abbey’s story…

Victoria, BC Anna Junge Victoria Brain Tumour Walk ambassador Anna JungeI was the type of person who persevered through all things and felt like I had super powers. I was always on top of things. Read Anna’s story…
Hamilton, ON Emme Strong Sometimes the youngest among us can possess the strength of giants. Emme is a perfect example. Diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2019 at age 7, Emme embodies the spirit of ‘never give up’. Her mother, Michelle, has told her story for us, and together they make fantastic ambassadors for the 2020 national Virtual Brain Tumour Walk. Read Emme’s story…
Sudbury, ON Alicia AliciaIt’s hard to capture an infectious giggle in words, but that’s exactly what you get when you speak to Alicia. Alicia is now 20 years old. She was diagnosed with a brain tumour at just six months old, so having a brain tumour is her normal. Read Alicia’s story…