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.

Gab

Gab's Story: "I feel really lucky to be here"

Gab Rodrigues, 23, says his life changed when at the young age of 7, he first realized his own vulnerability. As a young boy, Gab experienced double vision, night terrors, severe headaches and vomiting – symptoms that took he and his mother doctor to doctor, trying to find a cause for Gab’s debilitating health changes.

Gary and Karen

Gary and Karen's Story of Strength

Gary Evjen was living a happy and healthy life with his wife, Karen. Together, their workdays were devoted to teaching music in schools and both volunteered with the local jazz society in Saskatoon. They also helped organize the annual local music festival for school bands.

Gordo

Gordo's Story: "I Won't Let it Get the Best of Me"

For husband and father of two teenagers Gordon “Gordo” Smith, it’s a positive attitude that’s helped him tackle his 2011 brain tumour diagnosis. And while he admits it isn’t easy to not focus on the negatives, he says it was a conscious decision to “participate in life” that has made navigating the journey with a brain tumour easier for him and his family.

Giving to Support a Connected Brain Tumour Community

Giving to Support a Connected Brain Tumour Community

Learning how to walk and talk again is not something most adults have to face. For Ben Seewald, this was the reality he met when he began his journey with a brain tumour at the age of eighteen. Diagnosed with a central neurocytoma in the summer between his Grade 12 and OAC years in high school, the former track and football captain says he wasn’t the only person affected by his brain tumour. “It was a big surprise, the diagnosis. And it impacted not just me, but my entire family.”

Group Works Together to Fight Brain Tumours

Group Works Together to Fight Brain Tumours

Every year, teams of dedicated volunteers lead Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s annual Spring Sprint walkathons across the country. It is with their committed support that the vision to find the cause of and a cure for brain tumours, while improving the quality of life for those affected, can be realized.

Gifts that bring hope for the future

Gifts that bring hope for the future

Lois Toll, 88, is a very busy lady. She heads up the group that makes meat pies at her church, goes to the YMCA regularly, ushers at the Grand Theatre in London, ON, and goes out with her friends most afternoons.

 

Gary & Karen Evjen

Gary & Karen Evjen

Volunteer of the Month Profile - Thank you Karen and Gary for your dedication care and kindness to everyone you meet through all your efforts in Saskatoon. Together we are continuing to improve the quality of life for survivors in Saskatoon and Canada.

Garry & Marianna Hope

Garry & Marianna Hope

Volunteer of the Month Profile - Thank you Marianne, Garry and Karina for your dedication care and kindness to everyone you meet through all your efforts in New Glasgow, Halifax and elsewhere. Together we are continuing to improve the quality of life for survivors in Nova Scotia and Canada.

Gene Chiarello Helps to ‘Shut Out’ Brain Tumours

Gene Chiarello Helps to ‘Shut Out’ Brain Tumours

Gene Chiarello, former OHL and University of New Brunswick goalie, brain tumour survivor and National Spokesperson for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada says, "It has been so gratifying to meet people right across the country who care.

 

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Lynn’s story: Steering Through It.

Usually surrounded by friends and family, Lynn was alone when she heard the words: “I’m sorry to inform you… an abnormal lesion… aggressive”. A brain tumour. Lynn had been ignoring the symptoms that started two years prior to the diagnosis, attributing them to a new job, or getting older. She did see an audiologist for tinnitus in her left ear and about dizzy spells, which she thought were vertigo. When headaches became debilitating, Lynn sought medical attention. An MRI found the brain tumour.

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Yaron's Story: 15 years of Hope

Our heartfelt congratulations to Yaron as he reaches a milestone; 15 years on the brain tumour journey! Read his story in his words and...

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Aaron's Story: I refuse to sink

In the summer of 2017, while at work, I had my first episode of what I would now call vertigo or double vision. It was something I've...

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