Farand's- "For the Fight"
"Those we love don't go away.They walk beside us every day."
Welcome to our Farand's-"For the Fight" team page.
Thank you for visiting. First of all we hope you and your family have been staying safe and well.
Some of us on the team will be walking virtually on Saturday, June 27th. We would be grateful if you would walk alongside us if you are able to and for those of you on social media, if you hashtag #virtualbraintumourwalk, 27 cents will be donated by Al's Flower Pouch in support of the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada in honour of the 27 Canadians a day who are diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Since 2017, our team has welcomed over 100 participants and raised over $36,000.00! Hundreds of donations have been made over the last three years from participants, family, friends, coworkers, and even people we haven't met in person! Some donors have been affected personally either by losing a loved one or watching someone they know courageously battle a brain tumour diagnosis, or other form of cancer. Other donors simply want to make a difference. To everyone who has donated, thank you! Your generosity has not, nor will it be forgotten.
"Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference"
Why do we walk?
We walk first to remember and honour two loved ones, Adrian Farand and Pat Farand, father and daughter both taken by Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) brain tumours.
Fact: GBM are the most agressive type of brain tumours; people diagnosed live on average less than 15 months after diagnosis and in that time they are undergoing agressive surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
Adrian and Pat were both taken at the age of 67, and both within 6 months of diagnosis. Adrian underwent surgery, chemotherapy, and 29 radiation treatments with the thought he could make a difference for others. This was back in 1995 when brain tumours were uncommon. Pat was diagnosed in 2016, but her tumour was inoperable, giving her only 16 weeks to say her good-byes.
Fact: Brain tumours are not rare and the cause is still not known.
Adrian and Pat were more than two people taken by a brain tumour. Adrian was a proud, hard-working welder/business owner of Farand & Sons Welding. Family meant everything to him and it was evident in all that he did. Adrian gave without expecting anything in return and enjoyed the simple things in life. Pat was young-at-heart, and a woman who always encouraged the people in her life. She had a great sense of style and was both sweet and sassy. She was gracious until her final days and not once asked "Why me?".
Why else do we walk?
We walk to continue "the fight" that Adrian and Pat lost. We walk to SUPPORT the fighters, ADMIRE the survivors, and HONOUR the taken. We walk because our hope is that a cure will be found!
10 Facts About Brain Tumours
1. Every day, 27 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour.
2. Brain tumours affect people of all ages and backgrounds.
3. Brain tumours are the leading cause of cancer death in children under the age of 20.
4. There are over 120 different types of brain tumours, making treatment very complicated
5. Brain tumours drastically affect physical and cognitive abilities and quality of life.
6. Although as many as 60% of children with brain tumours will survive, they are often left with long-term side effects.
7. Metastatic brain tumours occur at some point in 20-40% of people with cancer.
8. The average patient will make 52 visits to their health care team in the first year of diagnosis.
9. In Canada, data collection on brain tumours is incomplete. Accurate data is needed to better understand the disease and improve treatment.
10. An estimated 55,000 Canadians are living with a brain tumour.
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