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.

Ron

Ron's Story of Perseverance

Most people look forward to anniversaries. Ron Tiessen’s anniversary is a little different to most. In August 2016 he will mark 30 years as a brain tumour survivor! In that time, Ron has had 6 brain tumours, 7 liver tumours and is being watched for further tumour growth. After 29 and a half years, Ron is still celebrating life through music as he was when this all began.

Rick

Rick's Story: Find the Help You Need and Deserve

When an odd stroke of luck ended up with Winnipeg firefighter Rick Negrich getting a CT scan, the last thing he expected was to be diagnosed with a brain tumour. In January 2013, Rick was working a Friday on-shift at a local firehall when his crew got a call. While on dispatch to the scene, Rick’s fire truck was t-boned at an intersection, with Rick’s head hitting the side of the truck so hard he saw stars.

Rhian

Rhian's Story: Mind Over Water

It’s hard not to be exhausted at the mere thought of a 27-kilometre swim across Lake Erie, but that won’t stop Burlington, Ontario’s Rhian Short, 28, from completing her amazing 11-hour journey on August 29, 2015. What makes Rhian’s feat even more incredible is that she’s a survivor of Intracranial Hypertension – a neurological disorder that closely mirrors the serious symptoms and effects of a brain tumour. That’s just one of the reasons why Rhian has pledged her swim in support of Brain Tumour

Remembering Joan Shackleton

Remembering Joan Shackleton

If you ask anyone fortunate to have known Joan Shackleton, you can bet they would tell you she was compassionate, brave, determined, and had a “heart of gold.” Read the Algoma District Support Group's tribute to their long-time facilitator.

Riley and Coral-Ann

Riley and Coral-Ann's Story of Strength

Riley was just six-and-a-half when he was diagnosed with a fast-growing medulloblastoma, one of the most common pediatric brain tumours. He had to have several surgeries, plus chemotherapy and radiation, to treat the cancer. Riley had to learn how to walk and talk again. Watch their story in a video or read more

Rowing Team Unites for Brain Tumour Support

Andrew Kaszowski wants Canadian's to know that brain tumours are more common than people think – they don’t discriminate and affect people of all ages. In 2010, Andrew came to the realization that within his extended circle of friends and family, almost 15 people had or have a brain tumour.

Robin Bateman

Robin Bateman

Volunteer Profile - This volunteer has certainly earned himself some popularity points because of his enthusiasm. Robin is always eager to assist others, regardless of the task at hand.

 

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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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