Stories of the movement to end brain tumours

This collection of personal stories feature many inspiring people whose lives have been affected by a brain tumour. You will find stories about how patients and families find strength and hope, stories of perseverance and giving back to make an impact

We are honoured to be able to share these stories and say 'Thank You' to everyone who has shared and for everything you do to help the movement to end brain tumours.

Pablo

Pablo's Story: The real blessing in all of this

In 2010, Pablo found himself in the ER eight times within six weeks. Intense headaches, drastic weight loss, jaundice, dizziness, and lapses in time were repeatedly dismissed by doctors, but Pablo knew that something was very wrong. Choosing to advocate for his health when others might have given up, Pablo sought out the opinion of his family practitioner and his persistence may have, in fact, saved his life. An MRI revealed a grade IV atypical meningioma on Pablo’s brain.

Patrick

Patrick's Story: Hakuna Matata

Patrick lives every day with Kevin. Well, the effects Kevin had on Patrick’s life, that is. Kevin changed Patrick’s life forever, and it all started three and a half years ago in 2012. Kevin is the name Patrick gave his brain tumour.

Patrick

Patrick's Story: "Brain tumours do not discriminate"

Patrick was born with cerebral palsy. That did not stop him from playing chess at a master’s level by age 14, winning regional and provincial dressage competitions, achieving his bachelor’s degree in mathematics, finding a job developing software for the aerospace industry for 17 years, then venturing out on his own providing various computer services. It took a brain tumour to slow him down.

Phyllis’ Story: A Mother’s Motivation to Make Change

Phyllis’ Story: A Mother’s Motivation to Make Change

In the summer of 2007, for Alberta resident Greg Derbyshire and his family, life changed forever. A licensed mechanic, Greg suddenly began to feel unwell at work one day. When he approached a coworker for an aspirin, she immediately recognized that slurred speech and numbness in his left arm could be signs of a heart attack and took him to the emergency room.

Paul and Jessica

Paul and Jessica's Story

When Jessica Laing was 14-years-old, her father Paul Miller was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Today, as MISS CANADA NORTH AMERICA 2013, she is lending her voice to the cause of action and awareness about brain tumours.

Pediatric Brain Tumour Inspires Family to Help Others

Pediatric Brain Tumour Inspires Family to Help Others

As the parents of twin boys Quinlan and Conner, Jacqueline and Peter Huff were used to bumps and bruises and a life full of baseball and soccer. But the year the boys were seven, the typical childhood doctor’s visits took a dramatically different turn. After a series of emergency room visits because of varied symptoms, Quinlan was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Positive Outlook Key For This Survivor

Positive Outlook Key For This Survivor

Dan Reddick has the ability to connect with people going through just about anything. He is friendly and open and has boundless knowledge, like there are 28 flavours of Jell-o but they only serve three or four at Hamilton General Hospital.

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Youth Education Award recipient update

This my update since completing University: Since being diagnosed with a brain tumour, life has not been easy for me; University was no exception. I had my fair share of struggles during my time in school. I failed some and struggled in most classes, but overall, I had a great experience. I found myself taking on a new set of challenges, and changing my original plan of majoring in psychology, to double majoring in psychology and gerontology with a minor in French.

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Make every brain tumour count

Stephanie, a 38-year-old mother of twins has been diagnosed with an extremely rare and inoperable brain tumour - a rosette-forming...

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Piper's Story: a dream more precious than Olympic gold

Hi, I am Piper Gilles. You may know me as a world-famous ice dancer. I competed in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. I am a 7...

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