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13InormationInformationthroughtheBrainTumourHandbookschildrensstorybookandinformationkitsempowerpatientsandtheirlovedonestolearnmoreaboutthebraintumourjourneyandtobethestrongestadvocatesfortheirbestcare.Programmingdedicatedtohealthcareprofessionalsprovideslearningopportunitiesandworkshopsacrossthecountry.Asaresultrelationshipsarebuiltwiththehealthcarecommunityandspecializedinformationincreasinglyreachesthoseaffected.Andhealthcareteamsarebetterpreparedtocareforandsupportthosediagnosedwithabraintumour.In2012over500participantsfromthemedicalcommunityjoinedworkshopsandin-servicepresentationsa47increasecomparedto2011.AsanoncologynurseandpatientnavigatorIhaveorderedtheAdultandPediatricBrainTumourHandbooksandotherresourcesormypatients.Thematerialshaveprovidedmewithaneasyandconciseresourceoinormationtohelpsupportpatientsandtheiramiliesthroughthebraintumourjourney.IwasverypleasedtohearaboutthemedicalteamandtheresearchthatguidesBrainTumourFoundationoCanadasmaterials.Icaneelconfdentthattheinormationincludediscurrentandbestpractice.AsahealthcareproessionalInoweelmoreconfdentinprovidingguidanceandbraintumourinormationtopatientsandtheiramilies.Icanalsodirectthehealthcareproessionalsatourbusycancercentretoappropriateinormationaboutbraintumours.DebbieMcNairnayBrandonMBVolunteersMorethan700volunteershelpedrunprogramsandservicesforthebraintumourcommunityacrossCanadain2012.VolunteersgiveoftheirtimeandexpertisethroughSpringSprintasconvenorsorfacilitatorsforsupportgroupsasBrainWAVEeventorganizersandmore.Formanyitsapersonalconnectiontothecausethatdrivestheircommitment.Withoutthissupportdedicatedbraintumourservicesandprogramswouldnotbeavailable.AsarecentbraintumoursurvivorvolunteeringwithSpringSprintandBrainTumourFoundationoCanadahasgivenmeasenseoplaceandcommunityandallowedmethechancetogivebacktoindividualsandamilieswhoareacingtoughchallengesintheirlives.Icannotimaginenotbeinginvolvedinthisorganization.ChristinaHagbergVancouverBCTwoyearsagomydaughterVickilostherbattlewithabrainstemglioma.Asaamilywetreasuredthetimesthatweescapedherrealityanddidsomethinguntogether.BrainWAVEisdevotedtoprovidingjustsuchtimesorchildrenandtheiramilieswhosenormalisacingdifcultchallengeseverydayduetoabraintumour.VolunteeringwithBrainWAVEhasgivenmetheopportunitytohelporganizeandparticipateinthesespecialevents.Thebestpartiswegettowatchthesekidsjustbekidswhichisthewaylieshouldbe.ElizabethOzardLondonONVolunteersatthe2012MontrealSpringSprint