Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is a non-profit organization based in London, Ontario, Canada helping brain tumour patients and their families all across the country. Every day 27 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour. There is no cure. Brain tumours are unpredictable and complex. They can affect vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility. Their effects are physical, emotional, financial, and last a lifetime. This is why Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is here. The organization is the only national non-profit to focus on brain tumours in Canada.
The organization was established in 1982 after Steve Northey lost his eight-year-old daughter to a brain tumour. He discovered that there was a lack of information and support for brain tumour patients, so together with Dr. Rolando Del Maestro, a neurosurgeon and Pamela Del Maestro, a neuroscience nurse, they worked to form an organization to improve the quality of life for those affected by a brain tumour.
Today, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s mission is to find the cause of and cure for brain tumours while improving the quality of life for those affected through support, education, information, and research.
The organization is made up of a dedicated team of volunteers, patients, survivors, family members, health care professionals and staff, determined to make the journey with a brain tumour one full of hope and support.
Every year, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada holds nationwide fundraising and awareness events, like Spring Sprint, transforming the future for brain tumour patients and families. In 2014, there were nearly 6,000 participants and the teams laced up with the goal to raise $1.7 million for the brain tumour community.
In addition, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada holds educational conferences, like Brain Tumour Information Days, across Canada throughout the year as a way for patients and families to gather, support, and learn from one another. Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada also provides services for brain tumour patients and families all year round through adult and pediatric support groups. BrainWAVE is a program specifically for children who face the journey with a pediatric tumour.
As Canada’s largest advocate for brain tumour patients, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is generously funded by donors to invest in and accelerate the field of brain cancer research in hopes of finding a cure. Research grants, studentships and fellowships are awarded annually to the best and brightest researchers, funding revolutionary cancer research.
In the years to come, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada will continue to grow in its reach to help and support patients and families and collaborate with world-class neurosurgeons and researchers – all to bring hope to the 55,000 Canadians living with a brain tumour.
Hope through research. Hope through patient and survivor support. Hope for a cure.
For more details and information, visit www.BrainTumour.ca