Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

More children die each year from brain tumours than any other childhood cancer.

We don’t know enough to stop these tumours or to reduce the impact of treatment.

We need more help.

The symbol for Childhood Cancer Awareness is a gold ribbon. The symbol for brain tumours is a grey ribbon. For children fighting a brain tumour, that's two ribbons, too many.

Brain Tumour Signs and Symptoms for ChildrenFor September 2018 we are encouraging everyone to know and share the brain tumour signs and symptoms for children. 

Recognising the signs and symptoms can lead to early diagnosis and a better outcome for the patient. 

Find out more and download the information sheet (PDF) now. 
In September 2017 we talked about: "How to Communicate with your Child"

Learn more from this Information Sheet: "Helping Your Child Understand What is Happening" 

Download or receive a copy of our children's storybook: 'A Friend in Hope'. This book is free when sent within Canada.

Delegation of Childhood Cancer Advocates, Queens Park, September 2017On September 11, 2017 we were proud to be part of a delegation raising awareness of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

We would like to hear your Words of Wisdom for a new section on our website about Communicating with a child

 
Protect Your PeepersIn September 2016 we encouraged all Canadians to Protect Your Peepers! This important message continues!

Schedule an appointment for your family to visit an optometrist today!

Protect your Peepers! is an initiative from Monkey Crew Against D.I.P.G., a non-profit Childhood Brainstem Cancer Awareness Organization. Find out more.
Jax shared some (not all) of his bravery beadsIn September 2015 we encouraged all Canadians to give blood. 

Each red bead in the (incomplete) set of bravery beads pictured left, represents one blood donation for Jax, a young brain tumour patient. This is not unusual. 

Please give blood! Find a clinic near you.

Help raise awareness about this issue by sharing this page on social media, talking to your community about it, sharing our PSA (below) and contributing to the cause.

When you give, you help people like Riley, a pediatric brain tumour survivor, and his mom Coral-Ann.

Riley's Story

Riley was just six-and-a-half when he was diagnosed with a fast-growing medulloblastoma, one of the most common pediatric brain tumours. He had to have several surgeries, plus chemotherapy and radiation, to treat the cancer. Riley had to learn how to walk and talk again. Watch their story in a video or read more...

 

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Andrew’s story of being tough

What do you see when you look in the mirror? When Andrew’s friend looked at him, he saw an immensely tough person and wanted to let Andrew know. Andrew wanted to see those words when he looked in the mirror, as his own private message. Andrew has since dedicated his time and energy into setting up a charity to help other cancer patients, incredible for someone battling brain cancer since 2011.

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Hats for Hope

Today, 8 Canadians will learn they have brain cancer. That's 3,000 Canadians each year. That's why we have launched Hats for Hope a...

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Childhood Brain Tumour Signs & Symptoms

Earlier this year, you gave us your feedback in a survey on brain tumour signs and symptoms. One of the things we did with that survey...

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Upcoming Events

  • 19/Nov/2018: Virtual Support Group for Caregivers: Virtual Support Group for Caregivers... Learn more >
  • 19/Nov/2018: Guelph Support Group: Meets at Hospice Wellington, Community Program Room, 795 Scottsdale Avenue,... Learn more >
  • 19/Nov/2018: Mississauga Support Group: Meets at Westminster United Church, 4094 Tomken Rd., Mississauga, ON... Learn more >
  • 19/Nov/2018: Edmonton Support Group: Meets at Wellspring Edmonton, 11306 65 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB ... Learn more >
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