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.

One Droplet of Water Helps Fill an Ocean

When the Contact Centre team at Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) gets together for a fundraiser, they are a force to be reckoned with. From dress-down events, to bake sales and potlucks, it’s a group effort to pitch in and help those in need. As MPI employee Ilona McEachern says, it’s also a way to show that their department is “a closely knit family who genuinely cares for and supports one another.”

One Family

One Family's Journey to Find a Cure

When 182 family members, friends and supporters stepped up to the start line on Sunday, June 10, they held onto the memory of 24-year-old Andrew Szpecht throughout the Calgary Spring Sprint. Just one short month after their son’s passing, Glenda and John Szpecht, along with Andrew’s siblings Heather, Amanda and Colin, ran in honour of Andrew, and to celebrate what was a full life, ended too soon by a brain tumour.

Overcoming Obstacles: Becky

Overcoming Obstacles: Becky's Story

Like everyone else, Rebecca Goga values her sight and appreciates how lucky she is — even though, since birth, she has seen her world through only one eye. But what an amazing world it is, filled with many interests, hobbies and books. And, for Becky, reading has always been a serious passion.

Olympic Athlete Supports Brain Tumour Research in Honour of Father

As an elite athlete, Cheryl Bernard faces challenges head-on with determination and force. Her father’s courageous journey with a Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) was no different and following his diagnosis, she quickly found herself focusing a great deal of her energy on treatment, appointments and care. “It changed my life,” she explains.

One Survivor Drives Awareness Home

One Survivor Drives Awareness Home

Everyone has their own way to give back to their community and help others. For David Kelly of Fredericton, New Brunswick, it is finding any way possible to spread the word about brain tumour awareness. A city councillor and dedicated community volunteer, David recently found a unique way to connect others to brain tumour support, information, education and research anywhere he goes.

Ottawa Survivor Returns Support She Received During Her Own Treatment

Ottawa Survivor Returns Support She Received During Her Own Treatment

Jennifer Baker has a great attitude when it comes to discussing her struggle with her brain tumour. She isn’t fearful but rather philosophic in her views: "People need to count their blessings each day since stresses at work are trivial and things can be taken away so quickly." She also realizes that your health and the people you care about are much more important in the grand scheme of things.

Our Victorious Warrior

Our Victorious Warrior

Nicole was a very active three year old who enjoyed skiing, skating, dance,gymnastics and swimming. She was learning her alphabet and loved to write.

 

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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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