Hamilton-Niagara Virtual Brain Tumour Walk 2020

Team Sassy Fierce

I’m part of the movement to end brain tumours and I hope you’ll support me and my team in this Canada-wide effort to put a stop to this disease.

By signing up for a Brain Tumour Walk, me and my team have made a commitment to end brain tumours and to help provide the essential information and support that every person diagnosed deserves.  I'm a mom, wife, sister, daughter and fighter!  In December 2019, I was diagnosed with a non-malignant brain tumour.  In February 2020, I survived a 10-hour brain surgery.  I'm still on my recovery journey, but I'm ready to give back to a community who has helped my family and I through the scariest of times.  

If you'd like to take steps with me on June 27, here's how you can!

Firstly, you can join my team and start your own personal fundraising goals!  You're welcome to join The 27 Canadians Challenge to #EndBrainTumours, by challenging 10 friends to donate $27 each or 27 friends to donate $10 each.  If you complete the challenge or raise an equivalent amount, the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada will send you an #EndBrainTumours buff!  Read about it at: www.braintumour.ca!  

Your personal contributions will go towards our team's goals!

Secondly, this is a "virtual walk" this year which means anyone from anywhere across Canada can get involved! It's unfortunate we can't all be together, but this will be such a powerful movement!  



Here's what I plan to do to bring my team together on June 27th:


Join online at 12 noon EST as Alan Cross, Canadian radio broadcaster kicks off the Virtual Brain Tumour Walk with an opening ceremony Facebook Live video.  Here is the direct link to access this public event: https://www.facebook.com/BrainTumourFdn/.  The half-hour ceremony will be shared from coast-to-coast-to-coast, with video check-ins from survivors and volunteers from all across Canada!   


Keeping with the "27 Canadians Challenge" theme, in honour of the 27 Canadians who will hear the words "you have a brain tumour" every day in Canada, I challenge you to do at least 27 straight minutes of some type of physical activity. You could choose to walk, bike, run, skip rope, dance, yoga, workout; the possibilities are endless! I'm excited to see how you will be taking steps!  Share your steps by taking a photo of you and/or your family doing the activity and email it to me by 3pm EST.  I will put together a collage of everyone's photos to share with our team, and post it on social media using #VirtualBrainTumourWalk @BrainTumourFdn to help raise awareness!


The Gillespie Family will be walking along Livingston Avenue (between Chestnut Dr. and Kerman Ave.) between approximately 1 - 2pm.  If you live locally or are in the area, we invite you to show your support by giving us a honk or joining us (social distancing style) on our walk!  We will be out there, rain or shine! 


I know everyone's time is precious so I wanted to put out a challenge that would be easily accomplished and fun! If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please feel free to send them my way!

All money raised through Brain Tumour Walk events strengthens the national movement to end this life-changing disease and brings hope to individuals and families across the country:

  • Hope for progress in discovering the cause of brain tumours.
  • Hope for better treatments for every child and adult diagnosed.
  • And most of all, the hope for a cure.

Thank you for supporting me and my team, and more importantly, for helping the 55,000 Canadians who live with a brain tumour today.  I have so much gratitude for your love and ongoing support!

Michelle (Your Team Captain and Warrior!)

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The current total amount raised for this city's Brain Tumour Walk is $47,366.83

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