Brain Tumour Awareness Month

May is Brain Tumour Awareness Month in Canada. Join us and help #TurnMayGrey. There are numerous ways to get involved. These are some of the ideas from 2019.

Turn May Grey

It’s time to ‘Go Grey in May’. We are now encouraging all Canadians to raise awareness for Brain Tumour Awareness Month by wearing Grey! Clothing, hats, fingernails, it all counts!

It’s even better if you can encourage your workplace, club or social group to join in and fundraise. Funds raised go towards programs and services for brain tumour patients and their loved ones, as well as life-changing research.

This Brain Tumour Awareness Month, order a grey ribbon to Turn May Grey or see if your company will Wear Grey for a Day, and, if they can, order a fundraising kit. Note: Now that Brain Tumour Awareness Month is over, these links have been deactivated until next year. Thank you to everyone who helped to raise awareness!

Share your story about how you helped Turn May Grey, or tag us @BrainTumourFdn on social media with #TurnMayGrey.

Share with your community

  • Facebook FrameFollow Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada on FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitter and YouTube and share videos and images during the month of May.
  • Did you know that you can now fundraise via Facebook?
  • On Facebook, use our frame for your profile picture. To do this, search frames and then search for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada
  • On Twitter, you can use Twibbon to update your profile picture should you wish.
  • Also on Twitter, join a Chat on Sunday, May 4, 2019 at 6pm PST / 9pm EST organized by @BTSMChat. Topic will be Brain Tumour Awareness Month.
  • Let people know about the signs and symptoms of a brain tumour, send out 10 facts about the disease, and more
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local paper with our tips and sample letter
  • Share a poster about Brain Tumour Awareness Month. 

Brain Tumour Walk events

There will be 5 Brain Tumour Walk events in May!

Sunday, May 25, 2019
Edmonton, AB; Fredericton, NB

Sunday, May 26, 2019
Brampton, ON; Hamilton-Niagara, ON; Victoria, BC

For those events taking place in June, Brain Tumour Awareness Month is a great time to be fundraising!

We can’t wait to see you at a Brain Tumour Walk event near you!  If there isn’t a walk near you, we have a Do It Yourself Brain Tumour Walk that you can do any time, any where, any distance.

There may also be other events in your community. such as events leading up to the Blue Nose Marathon events in Halifax, NS. Check the Events Calendar for events near you!

Brain Tumour Signs & Symptoms

Know the signs and symptoms of a brain tumourEvery person diagnosed with a brain tumour will have different symptoms and their own journey to a diagnosis. While some people do not develop symptoms that would indicate a tumour, others may have symptoms that worsen over time eventually leading to a diagnosis. Others still may feel perfectly fine but experience a sudden onset of symptoms, such as a seizure, which leads to a quick and unexpected tumour diagnosis.

The following is a list of common symptoms which, alone or combined, can be caused by a brain tumour (malignant or non-malignant):

  • Frequent headaches
  • Dizziness or unsteadiness
  • Double or blurred vision
  • Seizures
  • Morning nausea and vomiting
  • Weakness or paralysis
  • Personality changes
  • Hearing impairment

If you or someone you care about experiences any of these symptoms, please consult your doctor.

Download the image as a PDF to share / print / make others aware!


Write to your local newspaper

Write a letter to the editor. Share your story and let the newspapers know why Brain Tumour Awareness Month is important to you.

Did you know that one of the most widely-read pages of newspaper is editorial page? You can influence others in your community by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper in support of brain tumour awareness, and you can ask others to do it too. Keep your letter as short as possible (or the paper will cut out some of your content) and remember to be persuasive. This is your chance to influence the opinion of someone you may not even know!

Letters can usually be delivered by e-mail, or you can put it in an envelope and mail it – just look to your local paper’s website for their submission guidelines.

Don’t know how to get started? We can help with that! Find a draft letter waiting here for your personal touch.


Awareness, Fundraising or both…

Brain Tumour Awareness Month is a great opportunity to raise awareness and also a great opportunity for fundraising. How much you want to do, is up to you!

If you are fundraising, here are some significant amounts to bear in mind:

  • Tax Receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more
  • $27 honours the estimated 27 Canadians diagnosed with a brain tumour every day
  • $52 signifies the estimated number of visits a newly diagnosed patient will make to their health care team in the first year after a brain tumour diagnosis (surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, blood work, etc.)
  • $120 signifies the number of different types of brain tumours about which we need more research
Brain Tumour Walk Joy

Your gift brings hope to the estimated 837 Canadians that will be diagnosed with a brain tumour in May.

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