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.

Hayden’s Story: The eyes have it.

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.

Hope Lives: Mary Sue

Hope Lives: Mary Sue's Story

When she was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumour in November 2011, Halifax dietitian Mary Sue Waisman gathered strength from her family and friends to build hope for her future. After a surgery where her six centimeter tumour was removed, Mary Sue worked hard at a recovery that has involved learning to live with compromised motor function on her left side. But this change in her physical abilities has not dampened her trademark lust for life.

Honouring a Friend

Honouring a Friend's Strength

On a rainy morning in April 2012 members of the London Rowing Club made their way to the start line for the London Spring Sprint. There was no way the weather would dampen their spirits. This was the club’s third time taking part in the fundraiser. This year, though, something had changed. “I wasn’t expecting it to feel so different,” recalls team member Andrew...

Honouring a Father

Honouring a Father's Memory

An Ottawa law student by day and volunteer by night, Mireille Renaud is determined to turn pain into a purpose. As part of the large community of Canadians with a loved one touched by a brain tumour, Mireille now finds herself building connections with others because of this all-too common disease.

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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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