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.

Victoria

Victoria's Story: "Life is what you make of it"

Full of life, excited for upcoming family trips and radiating joy, to speak to Victoria Burghardt, you’d never know that she has a brain tumour. Until earlier last year, neither did she. “I’d never even heard of brain tumours before my diagnosis” said Victoria.

Vicki

Vicki's Journey of Courage and Hope

Vicki Jackson’s father Dave Ozard vividly remembers the afternoon when his 36-year-old daughter, a mother to two young boys, first said she was worried she might have a brain tumour. It was the summer of 2009 and Vicki and he were sitting in his backyard chatting. Some odd symptoms that she had been experiencing were becoming more troublesome...

Volunteers Ensure Families in BC Have Hope and Support

Volunteers Ensure Families in BC Have Hope and Support

Families in British Columbia with a child with a brain tumour once had nowhere to turn for help and support but a few years ago this changed as a result of the dedication, hard work, and determination of two women.

Volunteer Wins Prestigious Professional Award

Michael Kennedy, a chartered accountant in Nova Scotia, became a volunteer with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada by professional happenstance in 2008. At this time he was a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte, a national platinum sponsor for the organization. Because of the partnership, his boss asked if there were any volunteers that would like to help with the Halifax Spring Sprint.

Volunteer Inspired By Her Mother to Take Brain Tumour Fight Online

Volunteer Inspired By Her Mother to Take Brain Tumour Fight Online

We each have special gifts that can be used to help others in our community. For Stephanie Schappert, her ability to write and connect with other people on a personal level has allowed her to raise awareness of the extent of brain tumours and to honour her mother’s memory at the same time.

Volunteer of Distinction Awards 2007

Volunteer of Distinction Awards 2007

In October 2007, we honoured two very special volunteers who have given exceptional gifts of their time and expertise; Cheryl Clarke and Phyllis Retty.

 

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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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