Brain Tumour Awareness Month

Help raise awareness about brain tumours

In 2019 we are encouraging everyone to Make Change for Brains and Turn May Grey
Here are some key dates for awareness in 2019:
There are multiple ways you can help raise awareness through brain tumour awareness, whether it be for the Month, the Week or the entire year. We have some tools to help you in your awareness activities. How much you do, is up to you!  
We are so grateful to MP Angelo Iacono for rising in the House of Commons to raise awareness in Brain Tumour Awareness Month 2019. Watch the video (bilingual) here.

Turn May Grey!

It's time to 'Go Grey in May'. We are now encouraging all Canadians to raise awareness for Brain Tumour Awareness Month by wearing Grey! Clothing, hats, fingernails, it all counts!

It's even better if you can encourage your workplace, club or social group to join in and fundraise. Funds raised go towards programs and services for brain tumour patients and their loved ones, as well as life-changing research.

This Brain Tumour Awareness Month, order a grey ribbon to Turn May Grey or see if your company will Wear Grey for a Day, and, if they can, order a fundraising kit. Note: Now that Brain Tumour Awareness Month is over, these links have been deactivated until next year. Thank you to everyone who helped to raise awareness!

Share your story about how you helped Turn May Grey, or tag us @BrainTumourFdn on social media with #TurnMayGrey. 

Here's a video that Claire has shared with us as she proudly helps to #TurnMayGrey for #BTAM 2018!:


Change for Brains

Be a change maker and raise awareness this month, or donate some change for brains!

If you would like to fundraise to create Change for Brains, please order a fundraising kit! Note: Now that Brain Tumour Awareness Month is over, this link has been deactivated until next year. Thank you to everyone who helped to make change for brains!

Change for Brains 

Share with your community

  • Facebook FrameFollow Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada on FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitter and YouTube and share videos and images during the month of May.
  • Did you know that you can now fundraise via Facebook?
  • On Facebook, use our frame for your profile picture. To do this, search frames and then search for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada
  • On Twitter, you can use Twibbon to update your profile picture should you wish. 
  • Also on Twitter, join a Chat on Sunday, May 4, 2019 at 6pm PST / 9pm EST organized by @BTSMChat. Topic will be Brain Tumour Awareness Month.
  • Let people know about the signs and symptoms of a brain tumour, send out 10 facts about the disease, and more
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local paper with our tips and sample letter

  • Share a poster about Brain Tumour Awareness Month. 

Join a Brain Tumour Walk or other Community Event!

Brain Tumour WalkThere will be 5 Brain Tumour Walk events in May! 

Sunday, May 25, 2019
Edmonton, AB; Fredericton, NB

Sunday, May 26, 2019
Brampton, ON; Hamilton-Niagara, ON; Victoria, BC

For those events taking place in June, Brain Tumour Awareness Month is a great time to be fundraising!  

We can't wait to see you at a Brain Tumour Walk event near you!  If there isn't a walk near you, we have a Do It Yourself Brain Tumour Walk that you can do any time, any where, any distance.

There may also be other events in your community. such as events leading up to the Blue Nose Marathon events in Halifax, NS. Check the Events Calendar for events near you!


Brain Tumour Registry of Canada - Facts about brain tumours!

Know key brain tumour factsIn May 2019, the Brain Tumour Registry of Canada was launched.

Until this point, Canada has relied on data from a number of American and Canadian data resources to guide Canadian research, raise awareness, secure government funding and provide support programs – data that is incomplete and not a true reflection of Canada’s brain tumour community.

Now we have received the first report, representing 70% of the Canadian population at Please note: This is not a patient populated registry. Data is collected through institutions where patients are diagnosed, in order to ensure that every brain tumour is counted. 

A further survival report will be released later this year and in 2020 a comprehensive national report will include incidence and survival data for the entire Canadian population.

We will not stop until every brain tumour is routinely counted, as every brain tumour counts!

Download the image as a PDF to share / print / make others aware!


Brain Tumour Signs & Symptoms

Know the signs and symptoms of a brain tumourEvery person diagnosed with a brain tumour will have different symptoms and their own journey to a diagnosis. While some people do not develop symptoms that would indicate a tumour, others may have symptoms that worsen over time eventually leading to a diagnosis. Others still may feel perfectly fine but experience a sudden onset of symptoms, such as a seizure, which leads to a quick and unexpected tumour diagnosis.

The following is a list of common symptoms which, alone or combined, can be caused by a brain tumour (malignant or non-malignant):

  • Frequent headaches
  • Dizziness or unsteadiness
  • Double or blurred vision
  • Seizures
  • Morning nausea and vomiting
  • Weakness or paralysis
  • Personality changes
  • Hearing impairment

If you or someone you care about experiences any of these symptoms, please consult your doctor.

Download the image as a PDF to share / print / make others aware!



Write to your local newspaper

Write a letter to the editor. Share your story and let the newspapers know why Brain Tumour Awareness Month is important to you.

Don't know how to get started? We can help with that! Find a draft letter waiting here for your personal touch.   


Awareness or Fundraising or Both...its up to you!

Brain Tumour Awareness Month 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 estimated 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
You can donate to support the brain tumour community today. Your one-time, tribute or recurring gift brings hope to the estimated 837 Canadians that will be diagnosed with a brain tumour in May. Thank you. 


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