Bloom Family's Story: Finding hope amid the grief

Bloom Family's Story: Finding hope amid the grief

When you look back at Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s history, it’s clear that at the heart of the organization are the patients, survivors and loved ones who care for those diagnosed. It’s this amazing community of supporters – even amidst what is often a life-changing journey – who volunteer their time, host fundraising events and donate in memory of those they’ve lost to the disease. 

David Bloom Theatre PictureLawrie and Charron Bloom are part of this devoted community, having sadly lost their teenage son to a brain tumour 15 years ago. “David was a triple threat,” recalls Lawrie. “He could dance, sing and was in theatre.” “And he was always so healthy! We couldn’t believe it when we heard that 18-month prognosis,” adds Charron. But that news didn’t stop David from wanting to make a difference in the lives of other children facing a similar battle. That’s why the David Bloom Legacy Fund has directed its dollars to BrainWAVE – Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s support program for young survivors and their families. 
For almost two decades now, hundreds of kids and teens across Canada have gone on BrainWAVE adventures and found a little bit of joy and fun outside of what’s become their new routine of hospitals and treatment. Knowing first-hand the stress and changes that come with a child’s diagnosis, Lawrie says that break from the turmoil is so important. “The journey is hard and sometimes long. Knowing that in David’s memory we can help other families going through what we had to means a lot to us.” 
What initially started with David’s idea to join the Toronto Spring Sprint (now Brain Tumour Walk) in 2000 quickly turned into bringing the fundraising event to his hometown of Brampton the following year. With Lawrie’s background in events and recreation, it seemed a natural fit for the Bloom family to take on. And even with his health deteriorating, David insisted on helping organize the first-ever Brampton Spring Sprint. “I couldn’t say no when he turned to me and asked what I thought about doing it,” says Lawrie, laughing at the fond memory of his son.  
David was 19 when he died on April 24th, 2001 – just 10 days before the inaugural Spring Sprint he helped create. 
For 12 years, Lawrie and Charron, their sons Richard and Aaron, their wives Daina and Susete, plus many family friends, carried on coordinating the Brampton Spring Sprint, with more than $1.4 million being raised by the annual event during their leadership. In that time, the couple also established the David Bloom Legacy Fund, a special tribute to their son and his dream of helping other teens and kids on the brain tumour journey. “The whole family donates, no matter the occasion,” explains Charron. “Any birthday, anniversary or memorial – even my 98-year-old father and his 97-year-old brother had gifts in honour of their birthdays directed to the fund in David’s name.”
Today the Blooms say the greatest achievement was not losing David’s memory with the Annual Walk continuing, a scholarship at his high school and an amateur theatre award in his name despite the years that have gone by since his passing. For Lawrie it’s been especially meaningful to meet and connect with other families whose children have brain tumours. “At the end of the day, all we hope is to help them. We remember what that time was like – you want to make the most of every minute you have with your child. That’s why BrainWAVE is important and why we support it in David’s name.”
Thank you to the entire Bloom Family for your continued support of BrainWAVE and Brain Tumour Walk.  The movement to end brain tumours is stronger because of you!

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