David Bloom’s legacy – BrainWAVE
When David Bloom received an 18-month prognosis following his brain tumour diagnosis, little did he know his name would live on as a champion of young brain tumour patients and their families.
After taking part in the Toronto Brain Tumour Walk in 2000, David decided to bring the event to his hometown of Brampton. Sadly, he passed just 10 days before the walk took place at age 19.
However, his legacy of bringing comfort to children facing a brain tumour was set.
The David Bloom Legacy Fund, has been making a difference in the lives of children battling brain tumours ever since.
Funding for the legacy fund comes from the Brampton Brain Tumour Walk – an event that Bloom was instrumental in starting. The David Bloom Legacy Fund is a major contributor to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s BrainWAVE program, which offers pediatric brain tumour patients and their families a chance to have some fun and forget the routine of hospitals and treatments for a day.
Today the Blooms say their greatest achievement is keeping David’s memory alive with the annual walk, a scholarship at his high school, and an amateur theatre award in his name. And of course, the BrainWAVE program is a big part of that as well.
It’s a meaningful way to not only provide a fun outing for young brain tumour patients, but an opportunity for people walking the same difficult road to meet one another and forge new relationships.
Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is honoured to be a part of David Bloom’s legacy.