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.

Hazel

Hazel's Volunteer Profile

“I had always planned on doing some volunteer work after I retired. Following Michelle's (Hazel’s daughter) diagnosis, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada seemed like a natural fit for me. After she was stable and I was not needed as much to support her and my very young granddaughter, I felt as though I would like to give back to the organization that had offered such helpful support to our family."

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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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 time world team member and a 7 time Canadian medalist. But the title that means the most to me is far more personal. It’s that of daughter to my amazing mother Bonnie Gilles, who I lost to glioblastoma on May 27, 2018.

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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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Kathy's Volunteer Profile

Kathy shares her story of volunteering for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada as part of National Volunteer Week. “I am proud and happy...

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