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Meet Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada's 2020 Virtual Brain Tumour Walk Ambassadors

For the months of May and June, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada has been featuring stories from our 2020 Virtual Brain Tumour Walk ambassadors – survivors, caregivers, and family members – from all across the country.

Their stories provide hope for the future, and reassurance in our fight to find the cause of and cure for brain tumours.

Get to know them, and the brain tumour journey, a little bit better and always know…

You are not alone.

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Alan Cross to host Virtual Brain Tumour Walk, Al's Flower Pouch first-ever walk hashtag sponsor

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is elated to announce Canadian broadcasting legend, Alan Cross, as host of the Virtual Brain Tumour Walk opening ceremonies Saturday, June 27, 2020.

Cross, who is best known for his Ongoing History of New Music series, will be leading the Facebook live ceremonies for the Virtual Brain Tumour Walk beginning at 12 noon EST. The half-hour ceremony will be shared from coast-to-coast-to-coast, with Cross lending his personal storytelling flair to the event.

This year also features the first-ever walk hashtag sponsor, Al’s Flower Pouch by A.M.A. Horticulture will donate 27 cents for each post using #VirtualBrainTumourWalk June 27.

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Brain Tumour Registry of Canada offers first all-Canadian look at primary tumour survival rates

For the first time, survival figures for both malignant and non-malignant primary brain tumours has been compiled using entirely all-Canadian data. Released one year to the day from the Brain Tumour Registry of Canada Incidence Report, the Survival Report features 1, 2 and 5-year survival rates for primary brain tumours using all-Canadian data collected from four provinces (BC, AB, MB, ON). Report author, Dr. Faith Davis, says the Survival Report is an important starting point, with the priority to expand it to all provinces and territories.

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Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada Connects the Country With #VirtualBrainTumourWalk

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada invites walkers across Canada to come together on Saturday, June 27 for our Virtual Brain Tumour Walk.

Connect with thousands of walkers across Canada to celebrate and support everyone affected by a brain tumour including our survivors, caregivers, health care professionals, and researchers who are leading the way in finding the cause of and cure for brain tumours.

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Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada Launches New Handbook Aimed at Caregiver Wellness

‘Brain Tumour Caregiver Handbook’ Offers Real Advice, Personal Experiences

LONDON, ON – December 5, 2019 – Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is proud to announce the release of its Brain Tumour Caregiver Handbook – an invaluable source of information, and advice for those who provide care to loved ones affected by brain tumours. Following a loved one’s diagnosis, caregivers, too, are flooded with questions, concerns, and thoughts that are completely new, and overwhelming.

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Annual Newfoundland Brain Tumour Walk Returns on June 23

“It can feel like no one expects this for us, because we’re so young.”

PARADISE, NL, June 7, 2019 – On Sunday, June 23, 2019, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada returns to Newfoundland for its annual Brain Tumour Walk at Rotary Paradise Community Centre. Joining this year’s event is Erika Slaney, a brain tumour survivor who participates alongside her friends and family as team Erika’s Tumournators.

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Annual Winnipeg Brain Tumour Walk Returns on June 22

“I want people to know that brain cancer doesn’t stop me – I don’t want to let this stop me or anyone else.”

WINNIPEG, MB, June 3, 2019 – On Saturday, June 22, 2019, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada returns to Winnipeg for its 14th annual Brain Tumour Walk. Joining this year’s event is Catherine Wreford, a brain cancer survivor who was once told she only had between two and six years to live. That was six years ago.

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First Brain Tumour Walk Comes to Whitehorse on June 15

“It’s helped me realize I am not alone on this journey.”

WHITEHORSE, YT, June 4, 2019 – On Saturday, June 15, 2019, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is coming to Whitehorse for its first official Brain Tumour Walk at Rotary Peace Park. Leading this year’s event is Dayna Magnuson, a brain tumour survivor who recently finished 28 rounds of radiation and is on chemotherapy to treat the cancer first discovered in 2018.

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Yellowknife Brain Tumour Walk Returns for its Fourth Year

“I continue to live my life as normal as possible and not let this brain tumour run my life.”

YELLOWKNIFE, NT, May 30, 2019 – On Saturday, June 15, 2019, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada returns to Yellowknife for the annual Brain Tumour Walk. Joining this year’s event is 15-year-old pediatric brain tumour survivor Maggie Carson, alongside her family and loved ones, as Team Maggie.

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13th Annual Guelph Brain Tumour Walk

“Brain tumour patients and their families are the heart of these events.”

GUELPH, ON, June 10, 2019 – On Saturday, June 15, 2019, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada returns to Guelph for its 13th annual Brain Tumour Walk. The organization is encouraging as many families as possible to come to Riverside Park to join the event.

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25th Annual Vancouver Brain Tumour Walk

“There must have been a reason why I, a nurse, have this tumour.”

VANCOUVER, BC, May 27, 2019 – On Sunday, June 9, 2019, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada comes to Vancouver for its 25th annual Brain Tumour Walk. Joining this year’s event for the first time is Tracey Purvis, who has had four surgeries so far for her non-malignant brain tumour, and lives with optimism every day.

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25th Annual Ottawa Brain Tumour Walk

“Brain tumour patients and their families are the heart of these events.”

OTTAWA, ON, June 3, 2019 – On Sunday, June 9, 2019, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada returns to Ottawa for its 25th annual Brain Tumour Walk. The organization is encouraging as many families as possible to come to Andrew Haydon Park to join the event.

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18th Annual Montreal Brain Tumour Walk

“Participating in the Montreal Brain Tumour Walk is very important for my family”

Montreal, Quebec, May 30, 2019 – On Sunday June 9, 2019, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada returns to Montreal for its 18th annual Brain Tumour Walk. Joining this year’s event is the Ross Family. Their young son Félix is a brain tumour survivor.

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Twist of Fate Brings Two Brain Tumour Survivors Together

Annual London Brain Tumour Walk Returns for its 26th Year

LONDON, ON, May 30, 2019 – On Sunday, June 9, 2019, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada hosts its annual London Brain Tumour Walk for the 26th year. Joining this year’s event are Abel and Erin Macias, two brain tumour survivors who were brought together through their same diagnosis.

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Annual Windsor Brain Tumour Walk returns for its 16th year

“We get to keep memories alive and it’s magical to see how people come together.”

WINDSOR, ON, May 27, 2019 – On Saturday, June 8, 2019, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada returns to Windsor for its 16th annual Brain Tumour Walk. Joining this year’s event is Maria Adam, alongside her loved ones as Team Bob’s Brainiacs. Maria walks in memory of her husband, Bob, who passed away from brain cancer in 2011

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Annual Kitchener-Waterloo Brain Tumour Walk Returns for its 18th Year

“I know that my every day and every moment are so important, and as a family,  we realized how precious life is.”

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON, May 30, 2019 – On Saturday, June 8, 2019, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada returns to Kitchener-Waterloo for its annual Brain Tumour Walk. Joining this year’s event is Stephanie Dorian, who was newly married and pregnant with her first child when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

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15th Annual Saskatoon Brain Tumour Walk

“I hope to show my mom and others who have been diagnosed that they are not fighting alone.”

SASKATOON, SK, May 22, 2019 – On Sunday, June 2, 2019, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada returns to Saskatoon for its 15th annual Brain Tumour Walk. Joining this year’s event is team Doing It For Diana!, led by the Sproat family walking in support of wife and mother, Diana, who is a two-time brain cancer survivor.

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First Brain Tumour Registry for Canada Captures Real-World Patient Evidence

Brain Tumour Community Comes Together to Advance Nationwide Optimized Care Because Every Brain Tumour Matters

TORONTO, ON. May 14, 2019 – Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is proud to launch the first-ever Brain Tumour Registry of Canada (BTRC) – a surveillance research collaborative. Working as a nationwide, multicentre initiative, the BTRC will become a cornerstone to optimizing clinical outcomes using evidence-based decision making for the treatment and care of brain tumour patients across Canada.

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Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada releases online “Road Map” to demonstrate inconsistencies in chemotherapy drug access and help patients navigate the system

London, ON – March 7, 2019 – Today Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada released a new online tool to help those with brain tumours understand how to access their treatment in their home province or territory. The “Road Map” highlights the inconsistency in cancer treatment access across Canada and the unseen measures taken by health professionals to ensure patients get the treatment they need.

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Brain Tumor Funders’ Collaborative Announces $3 Million in Grants Funding Will Support 4 Collaborative Teams Funds to Help Bridge the Translational Gap in Brain Cancer Research

January 16, 2019 – The Brain Tumor Funders’ Collaborative (BTFC) – six private funders of brain tumour research – today announced $3 million in grants to four multi-institutional teams of researchers and clinicians studying immunotherapy in primary brain tumours.

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