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.

Wendy

Wendy's Story of Strength

“There are so many people who are touched by brain tumours. I hope that we are able to better educate the general public,” single mother Wendy Thomas says. A Saskatoon high school counselor for international students and devoted to her two young boys, she too has been affected by a brain tumour. Wendy is sharing her story to help build connections as a part of Brain Tumour Awareness Month. She is a proud mother, enjoys working with kids in her school, and loves playing sports and staying active.

Wendy

Wendy's Story of Strength

It’s been a year of healing for a North Rustico, PEI family, as August 2012 marked the one-year anniversary of Charlie Dickieson’s passing. Charlie was a loving husband to Wendy and devoted father to his young daughter Moira. Looking back on their time together, Wendy says it was Charlie’s humour that helped their family find the strength to get through the tough times during his diagnosis and treatment. “He was fun, and a great friend and dad. Charlie could always make you laugh..."

We Were Given The Gift of Time

We Were Given The Gift of Time

In 2001, Shelley Wouters was a young mother, just finishing her maternity leave with her son. She was looking forward to what was coming next including the possibility of a sibling for Ben. So it was a shock to Shelley, her husband Jeff, and the entire community when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Why I Run

Why I Run

People ask me why I love to run and the first thing that pops out of my mouth is “I can!”. In 1997, I had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and was rushed into surgery in less than 48 hours. I lost a lot of my abilities from that surgery, including walking.

White Rock Volunteer Shares Information to Help Others

White Rock Volunteer Shares Information to Help Others

It was an old mailing left on a coffee shop table that caught the attention of Kathy Thornton. At the time, she was a six-year survivor and the words ‘brain tumour’ immediately jumped out from the page. It was a flyer for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s Vancouver Spring Sprint and she eagerly called the office to learn more.

 

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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 glioneuronal tumour, a type of tumour that little is known about and cannot be removed due to its location in her brain. This reality does not stop Stephanie from her tireless efforts to reduce the stigma of having a brain tumour. Learn why Stephanie is urging all Canadians to make every brain tumour count.

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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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Doug's Adventure

I am Doug, I have brain cancer; I am told it is terminal, but the “good” kind of terminal. I can assure you that receiving that news...

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