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CommunityEventsCommunityeventsplayanimportantroleinthesupportavailableforthebraintumourcommunityacrossCanada.Eachyeartheseeventsareorganizedbyindividualsandgroupswhoseeffortspaytributetothoseaffectedbyabraintumourandraisefundsforpatientprogramsandservicesplusbraintumourresearch.In2012120communityeventsraisedover368000.NewfortheyearwastheMakingCentsofBrainTumoursawarenessandfundraisingcampaignthathad180displayssetupcoast-to-coastthroughoutOctoberaspartofBrainTumourAwarenessMonth.Iknewthatstartingaundraiseromyownwouldbeahugechallengeespeciallyaterjustbeingdiagnosedwithabraintumour.AsapersonbattlingthediseaseIwantedtoraiseasmuchmoneyaspossibleorresearchinhopesthatonedayacurewillbeound.IdecidedtostarttheBirdiesorBrainTumoursGolTournament.Ourtournamentmanagedtoraisealmost30000initsfrstyear.IwasoverwhelmedwiththesuccessinwhatnotonlyIhadachievedbutwhatanentirecommunityoamilyandriendscanachievewhenpeoplecometogetheroragreatcause.Wearecontinuingoureortsin2013withthe2ndAnnualBirdiesorBrainTumoursGolTournament.MyhopeisthatanyonewhohasbeenaectedbyabraintumourwouldconsidercreatingacommunityeventasIbelievethatonedayacurewillbeoundiweallcontinuetostrivetowardsit.ConnorThomsonWinnipegMBSpringSprintTheCanada-wideSpringSprintisthecountryslargestfundraiserdedicatedtothebraintumourcommunity.With20eventstakingplaceannuallybetweenAprilandJunealongwiththeVirtualRunSpringSprintsupportersfundimportantbraintumourresearchandtheuniqueprogramsthathelppatientsandtheirlovedonesbetterunderstandthejourneywiththedisease.In2012SpringSprintraised1.49millionthroughindividualandteamdonationsandcorporatepartners.WhenmyhusbandCharliepassedawaybecauseoabraintumourin2011ouramilywasdevastated.ThereweregooddaysandbaddaysaswelearnedhowtocopewithCharliesdeath.Planningourowneventaspartothe2012VirtualRunwassurprisinglyhelpulinthehealingprocessmorethanIcouldhaveeverrealizedatthetime.Charliewantedtoseemoredoneinourcommunityorthosewithbraintumoursandthiswaywecoulddosomethinginhisname.WendyDickiesonNorthRusticoPEI72012WinnipegSpringSprint