International Brain Tumour Awareness Week

The 15th International Brain Tumour Awareness Week will be held from Saturday, October 30 to Saturday, November 6, 2021.

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

Vivian Hicks


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, 2021 – the fourth annual Brain Cancer Awareness Day in Canada – or any day during International Brain Tumour Awareness Week, October 30 – November 6, 2021, by wearing a hat, taking a selfie or group photo, and sharing it on social using #HatsForHope and tagging @braintumourfdn.

We’re happy to announce that our 2021 hats are now available! Thank you so much for your generous support. 
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


Did you miss our 2021 Brain Tumour Walk on June 27? You can still organize a Do-It-Yourself Walk that you can do any time, any where, any distance.. 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 15th 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, 2021.

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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