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.

Ellen

Ellen's Story - The Courage to Stay Strong

Friendships often start when least expected, but for Ellen Erenberg, a professional artist and art instructor, the bond she formed with Erin Voss was unmistakeable. Ellen and Erin first met several years ago, when Erin was in her late teens and taking one of Ellen’s art classes. Like many young adults, Erin was soon off to college and needed to step back from her lessons with Ellen. “I didn’t see her again until after she was ill and had surgery,” recalls Ellen.

Emily

Emily's Story of Strength

This story of strength is a short video and comes from 11-year-old Emily and her parents as they share the ups and downs of the pediatric brain tumour journey. Emily was seven when she was first diagnosed with a brain tumour. It's been four years of treatment, recovery and adjusting to a new normal for the family.

Emily and Andy: A Cause Bigger Than Himself

For one Winnipeg couple, the reality of an inoperable Oligodendroglioma brain tumour has been a part of their relationship since the day they met in July, 2011. Andy* was diagnosed when he was 25 years old, six months before meeting Emily, the love of his life. She says, “He told me on our first date, so it was never a shock...

Ehlana

Ehlana's Story: A Gift of Hope

Childhood summers can be full of visits to the local pool, camping and bike rides. But for Grade 4 student Ehlana James, the summer of 2012 held something different. It was then that Ehlana decided she wanted to do something to celebrate her dear friend Samantha, who was undergoing treatment for a pediatric brain tumour.

Erin

Erin's Story

When Erin Voss celebrates her 24th birthday in May, she will be a very different person than she was on the same date last year. In the summer of 2010, the health care aide began experiencing a variety of troubling but unexplained symptoms which led to the diagnosis of a brain tumour.

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Hayden's Story: The eyes have it

Eyes might be the window to the soul, but in Hayden’s case, they were telling her Mom that something was seriously wrong with her baby. Hayden’s Mom, Candice, is forever grateful to the ER physician who spotted her brain tumour and the health care professional team who subsequently saved her eyesight. Candice is now advocating for every parent to look to the eyes.

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Tracey’s Story: Hope and Optimism

Headaches are like house guests. Some come and go. Others don’t want to leave; and become a real nuisance. Tracey’s headache lasted a...

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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...

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