Brain Tumour Awareness Month

Help raise awareness about brain tumours

In 2018 we are encouraging everyone to Join the Movement to End Brain Tumours and Turn May Grey
We also plan to join the worldwide movement in October 20-27, 2018 for International Brain Tumour Awareness Week.  
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 grateful to Hon. Paul Merriman for presenting a Member's Statement in the Saskatchewan Legislature on May 1, 2018 regarding Brain Tumour Awareness Month and also acknowledging the local support group in that statement!
We are also grateful to the Minister of Health, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, MP for the video that she had produced for Brain Tumour Awareness Month. Watch it here!

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


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 or text BRAINTUMOUR to 20222 to donate $10 to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. Funds raised go towards programs and services for brain tumour patients and their loved ones, as well as life-changing research.

Share your story about how you helped Turn May Grey here and maybe we will share it on social media with #TurnMayGrey. 

Also, see the twist that our staff put on the campaign for May 2018!


Landmarks are Changing Colour!

If you know of a landmark in your area that could be lit up in 2019, please contact Amy who would love to hear from you!

Here are some of the landmarks that lit up in 2018!:

  • Between Apr 30 - May 4: Fredericton City Hall 
  • May 1: BMO Building, Montreal, QC 
  • May 1: Niagara Falls, ON with thanks to The Niagara Falls Illumination Board
  • May 1: Science World British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
  • May 1-31: Our office will turn orange for the entire month!
  • May 1-31: Victoria City Hall, Victoria, BC will turn orange for the entire month!
  • May 2: Peace Bridge, Fort Erie, ON
  • May 3: CN Tower, Toronto, ON *Note: a standard light show will run for eight minutes at the top of every hour
  • May 3: Calgary Tower, Calgary, AB
  • May 3-4: Sails of Light, Vancouver, BC
  • May 4: Vancouver City Hall, Vancouver, BC
  • May 5: Montreal Olympic Stadium, Montreal, QC
  • May 8: Toronto City Hall Towers, Toronto, ON
  • May 8: Reconciliation Bridge, Calgary, AB
  • May 8: Coquitlam City Hall, BC
  • May 11: Telus Spark, Calgary, AB   
  • May 13: High Level Bridge, Edmonton, AB
  • May 14: Welland Bridge 13, Welland, ON
  • May 16: City Hall, the JA Taylor Building at Wellington and Dundas, the Fountain at the Forks, and London Life, London, ON
  • May 20-26: The Forks, Winnipeg, MB will turn the canopy orange for the entire week!
  • May 22: Fitzsimmons Covered Bridge, Whistler, BC
  • May 23: BC Place, Vancouver, BC
  • May 25: Skylon Tower Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, ON
  • May 25-27: Falls in Bracebridge, ON
  • May 29: High Level Bridge, Edmonton, AB
  • May 30: 3D Toronto sign, Toronto, ON
  • May 31: Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC

If you saw any of these places lit up, please send Amy photos!

Here's Janet, Volunteer Coordinator of the Edmonton Brain Tumour Walk at the High Level Bridge in Edmonton, lit in orange, blue and grey for Brain Tumour Awareness Month in May 2018. Thanks to Reflections for this photo!

Janet at the High Level Bridge, Edmonton, AB

These photos are of some of the landmarks that have previously lit up...

Niagara Falls raised awareness

London City Hall Orange

Calgary Tower Lit Orange Toronto sign lit up for Brain Tumour Awareness Month




Is there a memorable way that we can raise awareness in your community? Contact Amy today to let us know!


Brain Tumour Awareness Month Declared!

Awareness is more than just colour! 

We are grateful to Hon. Paul Merriman for presenting a Member's Statement in the Saskatchewan Legislature on May 1, 2018 regarding Brain Tumour Awareness Month and also acknowledging the local support group in that statement!

We have also received proclamations in 2018 from:

  • Fredericton, NB
  • Grand Falls-Windsor, NL
  • Riverview, NB
  • Saskatoon, SK
  • Greater Sudbury, ON - see picture below!
  • Yellowknife, NT

 Sudbury Brain Tumour Awareness Month Proclamation

We received proclamations in 2017 from:

  • Vancouver, BC
  • Ottawa, ON
  • Fredericton, NB
  • Welland, ON
  • Beaconsfield, QC
  • Kingston, ON
  • Yellowknife, NT
  • Niagara Falls, ON
  • Calgary, AB
  • Edmonton, AB
  • Greater Sudbury, ON

If you would like to approach your local Mayor for 2018, please contact Carla, for more information and a draft letter and proclamation to get you started.

Note, not all muncipalities issue proclamations any more, but we are very grateful to those that do!

Here are some of the proclamations from 2016... The Mayor of Vancouver, BC was the first to provide us with a declaration to share with you all, followed by the Province of BC, the City of Yellowknife, the City of Calgary, the City of Victoria, the City of Welland and the City of Niagara Falls, Ontario!

City of Vancouver declares May as Brain Tumour Awareness MonthBC Proclaims May as Brain Tumour Awareness MonthYellowknife proclaims Brain Tumour Awareness Month

 Calgary proclaims BTAM! Welland ProclamationNiagara Falls ProclamationVictoria proclaims May as BTAM





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.  

We are so grateful that the Lethbridge Herald has published Carol's letter! 


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
  • On May 1, 2018 at 1:00 pm EST we were LIVE on Facebook to launch BTAM from our local fire station! See the video of this event.
  • 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 6, 2018 at 6pm PST / 9pm EST organized by @BTSMChat. The topic is 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 were 6 Brain Tumour Walk events in May! 

Sunday, May 26, 2018
Edmonton, AB; Fredericton, NB

Sunday, May 27, 2018
Brampton, ON; Hamilton-Niagara, ON; Victoria, BC; Yellowknife, NT

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 the BlueNose Marathon events in Halifax, NS. Check the Events Calendar for events near you!


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 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. 


Why it Matters

This year, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada has been providing hope for 36 years. With your help, we will be here for 36 more, or until the cause of and a cure for brain tumours has been found.  Learn more...and Join the Movement to End Brain Tumours. 

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