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International Brain Tumour Awareness Week

The 17th International Brain Tumour Awareness Week will be held from Saturday, October 28 to Saturday, November 4, 2023.

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

Salvatore Antonio


27 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour every day. Eight Canadians will learn they have brain cancer every day and a further 19 Canadians will learn that they have a non-malignant brain tumour. 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.

Join us on October 24, 2023 – the sixth annual Brain Cancer Awareness Day in Canada – or any day during International Brain Tumour Awareness Week, October 28 – November 4, 2023, by wearing a hat, taking a selfie or group photo, and sharing it on social using #HatsForHope and tagging @braintumourfdn.

Proceeds from the sale of the hats, and funds donated in support of Hats for Hope, will go to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada to continue our work funding research, support programs, and advocacy efforts on behalf of the brain tumour community.

2023 Brain Tumour Walk
Heroes Reunite

Throughout June 2023

After three years of COVID-19 restrictions and virtual events, we are excited to announce the Brain Tumour Walk is back as a hybrid event.

Check our Locations for an in-person Walk near you. Can’t make it to an in-person Walk or are hesitant of gathering in large groups? No problem – sign up for the National Virtual Brain Tumour Walk!

The Brain Tumour Walk is an opportunity to come together across Canada to celebrate and remember our heroes. We walk with a united goal – to see an end to brain tumours – and raise funds for life-changing research, support programs, information, advocacy, awareness, and HOPE.

Register for a Brain Tumour Walk and join us in celebrating your hero!

Be Social

Be Social

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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