Twenty-two years ago, my father succumbed to a brain tumour within months of his first symptoms. Six years later our teenage daughter was diagnosed with a slightly lower grade form of the same tumour. She is still with us 16 years later thanks to an excellent surgeon, state of the art radiation treatment, and a chemotherapy agent that was only in clinical trials when my father was diagnosed. Two years ago our daughter's tumour returned and she is now stable after 18 months of chemotherapy. We have lost friends, one a special young man who we met while our daughter was having radiation treatments, and another, a co-worker of our daughter, just this month. We will remember my dad, John Gavell, our young friend, Mathieu Richard, and a kind and special lady, Linda Cormier when we walk on June 27th.
Research is expensive but vital. Information and support is invaluable to those living with a brain tumour and their families. The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is working to fund researchers and provide that much needed information and support. That's why our family is walking in the Fredericton Virtual Brain Tumour Walk on June 27th.
We are 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.
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.
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