International Brain Tumour Awareness Week

The 14th International Brain Tumour Awareness Week will be held from Saturday, October 24 to Saturday, October 31, 2020.

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.

Hats for Hope

Kaitlyn Lawes


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, 2020 – the third annual Brain Cancer Awareness Day in Canada – or any day during International Brain Tumour Awareness Week, October 24 – 31, 2020, by wearing a hat, taking a selfie or group photo, and sharing it on social using #HatsForHope and tagging @braintumourfdn.

In 2019, we partnered with New Era Grafix to offer official Hats For Hope Roots toques, and they quickly sold out! Not to worry – the 2020 model is in and it would make a great gift or start to your collection! Buy your toque at our online shop.
Proceeds from the sale of the hats and funds donated in support of Hats for Hope, will ensure that Canadians find hope. Hope through support. Hope through research. Hope for a cure.

Share kilometres walked

Walk Around the World for Brain TumoursThe International Brain Tumour Alliance looks for brain tumour organizations, such as ours, to symbolically ‘donate’ the kilometres you walked at events like Brain Tumour Walk to their Walk Around the World for Brain Tumours campaign.

In 2019 we donated an incredible 37,909 kms! That’s 95 per cent of the distance around the Earth’s circumference at the equator! Thank you!

Please note, we do not donate funds, just the kilometres.

Brain Tumour Walk


This was a different year to say the least. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we took our walk online. Our very first national Virtual Brain Tumour Walk connected all of Canada on a single day – June 27. If you missed out, we have some advice and suggestions on holding a Do-It-Yourself Walk that you can do any time, any where, any distance.

The 14th Annual Brain Tumour Awareness Week could be a great week to go for a stroll!

We are also still able to collect your funds raised from our Virtual Brain Tumour Walk until Dec. 31, 2020.

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!

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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