Organization Backgrounder

Every day, 27 Canadians hear the words,“You have a brain tumour.”

It is the mission of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada to reach every individual impacted by this disease, across the country, with information, support, education and research.

Thanks to donors’ generosity, patients, survivors, caregivers and loved ones are empowered with the tools to improve their quality of life while on the journey with a brain tumour.

Regional Programming, Services and Fundraising Overviews

Below are one-page documents that offer a convenient, one-stop overview of  resources, programs and events for anyone affected by a brain tumour, across Canada. You can also share these documents with others.

British Columbia

The Prairies

Ontario

Quebec (English)

Quebec (French)

The Atlantic Region
 

General Organization Background

Brain tumours are unpredictable and complex. There is no cure. Brain tumours don’t discriminate; they affect people of all ages and backgrounds. They can affect vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility. The effects are physical, emotional, financial, and last a lifetime. Lifting this burden for anyone affected is our goal.

Patient and research investments include:

  • Brain Tumour Handbooks focused on adult patients, pediatric patients and those diagnosed with a non-malignant or low-grade brain tumour
  • National network of support groups for adults affected by a brain tumour and their caregivers
  • BrainWAVE Family Support Program for families with children and teens affected by a brain tumour in Southern Ontario, Alberta, Lower Mainland British Columbia and Quebec (where the program is called GOcervo)
  • Brain Tumour Webinar Series; presentations are focused on the latest developments in brain tumour treatments and research, as well as quality-of-life issues. 
  • Canada’s only awards program for pediatric brain tumour survivors enrolled in post-secondary education
  • One-to-one support and information requests through a national, toll free 1-800 line (1-800-265-5106)
  • Specialist information, education and support available at www.braintumour.ca
  • Funding research projects into the causes and treatments of brain tumours through programs like annual grants, fellowships and studentships; to date more than $7.2 million has been directed to brain tumour research.


Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s History

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is the only national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to reaching every Canadian affected by a brain tumour through support, education, information and research. Every year, thousands of people affected by brain tumours find emotional support and comfort through Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, while gaining a better understanding and knowledge of their disease.

The organization was established in London in 1982 by Steve Northey, who lost his eight-year-old daughter Kelly to a brain tumour, Dr. Rolando Del Maestro, a neurosurgeon, and Pamela Del Maestro, a neuroscience nurse, to help find the cause and cure while improving the quality of life of those affected. Since the early days of the organization, it has been our vision to find the cause of and cure for brain tumours while improving the quality of life for those affected. Today, it’s this purpose that continues to resonate and motivate thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters as we look to the future and a cure for this disease.  Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is funded solely through generous contributions from individuals, corporations, organizations, employee groups and special events.

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Download the general background information as a pdf.

For more information, contact:

Susan Marshall
Chief Executive Officer
smarshall@braintumour.ca
1-800-265-5106 or 519-642-7755, ext. 222

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