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International Brain Tumour Awareness Week

The 18th International Brain Tumour Awareness Week will be held from Saturday, October 26 to Saturday, November 2, 2024.

Organized by the International Brain Tumour Alliance, the week encourages activities that draw attention to the particular challenges of a brain tumour and the need for an increased research effort.


We have been proud supporters of this effort for many years. Find out all the ways that you can get involved. Anything, no matter how small, which you can do to raise awareness of the particular challenges of a brain tumour diagnosis and the need for a special response and an increased research effort would be greatly appreciated by the international brain tumour community.

Suggested awareness-raising activities

Below are a few suggested ideas for awareness-raising activities that you, family and friends could try:

  • Contact your local media and tell them your story
  • Share your story with us
  • Post awareness messages on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and other social media channels (Follow us on social media and share our awareness posts!)
  • Have a Zoom tea party or quiz with friends and family to raise funds Your Way for vital brain tumour research
  • Organise an educational webinar about brain tumours
  • Launch educational resources online

Hats for Hope

Chris Hadfield


27 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour every day. In addition to the 8 Canadians who will learn they have brain cancer every day.1 , 19 Canadians will learn that they have a non-malignant brain tumour.4 Non-malignant brain tumours can be just as life-altering as malignant tumours.

Hats for Hope, a nation-wide brain tumour awareness campaign, provides hope for those affected. Hope through support. Hope through research. Hope for a cure.

On October 24, 2023, Brain Cancer Awareness Day, our hashtag sponsor Novocure invites you to raise awareness by wearing your #HatsForHope toque or your #HoodiesForHope, or any hat or hoodie, and post a photo of yourself on social media, using the hashtags #HatsForHope and #HoodiesForHope. Don’t forget to tag @braintumourfdn. Together, we will raise awareness of this devastating disease while spreading HOPE.

Thanks to our distributor New Era Grafix, proceeds from every toque and hoodie sold are being donated to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada to continue our important mission to find the cause of and cure for brain tumours and brain cancer.


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Awareness, fundraising or both…

Brain Tumour Awareness Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness and also a great opportunity for fundraising. How much you want to do, is up to you! Take a look at our Your Way site and start fundraising now!

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 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.

Your gift brings hope to the estimated 216 Canadians that will be diagnosed during Brain Tumour Awareness Week.

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