Farand's- "For the Fight" YEAR 2!
FARAND'S- "FOR THE FIGHT"
Why do I participate in the Edmonton Brain Tumour Walk?
Our family has sadly lost two loved ones to a Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) brain tumour diagnosis. My dad, Adrian in 1995 and my sister Pat in 2016, both at the age of 67. Heartbreaking to have two family members taken by brain tumours and even more heartbreaking is the fact that from the time of diagnosis neither survived longer than six months; Pat only had 16 weeks to say her good-byes. People diagnosed with GBM live on average less than 15 months after diagnosis and in that time they are undergoing agressive surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. What are they fighting for? I know my dad and sister were fighting for more time.
My dad was a proud, hard-working owner and welder of his welding company, Farand & Sons Welding Ltd. (which is still in operation). He loved my mom and his family very much. Together, they raised 13 children and were married for 46 years but they never had the chance to spend their golden years together. My dad gave without wanting 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 rarely complained and was gracious right until her final days. Even though our family suffered great loss by losing two beautiful people, we found a way to continue their story and continue the fight that took them too soon.
A quote that has come to me a lot is: "Be Fearless in the Pursuit of What Sets Your Soul on Fire" I walk to honour my dad and sister and to do my part to help find a cure for brain tumours. It is still not clear what causes them. I believe the only way we will find those answers is through awareness, research and funding. Last year I joined the movement and it has become very important for me to encourage others to do the same. My husband, Greg, has said it perfectly this year... "We are stronger in numbers".
On May 26, 2018 our team Farand's-"For the Fight" will participate in the Edmonton Brain Tumour Walk at Hawrelak Park for YEAR 2 but it is actually the 24th Annual Brain Tumour Walk. Some participants walk 2.5 km ~ some 5 km. No matter the distance, we will unite together in "Memory of Adrian and Pat". We will celebrate not how they were taken, but how much they were loved. We will also be walking to support those who are battling the life-changing and very sad diagnosis of a brain tumour. Our team name symbolizes both - "Farand's" but also "For the Fight" because we want to do our part to help find a cure and end brain tumours. And of course, we will admire the survivors walking in blue t-shirts and let them know they inspire us. They give hope that brain tumours can be beaten and that we are one step closer to finding a cure some day!
2017's walk was a huge success. We had a team of 60 and received an outpouring of support from family, friends, co-workers, and even people we have never met. As well, there were donations made by others who have been personally affected~ either by losing a loved one or watching a loved one courageously battle a brain tumour diagnosis. Together, $14,587.00 was raised in support of the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. Our team finished #1 in Edmonton for donations raised and Top 10 in Canada. This was only possible because of donations made by people who want to do their part to help find a cure. When the event was over, we all agreed that we would be back in 2018! This year we have some new participants who have joined our team~ joining the movement to end brain tumours.
Our hope for May 26th - besides sunshine and blue skies (that we were blessed with last year) is that you can join our team and walk with us. If you are not able to join the team, please walk with us in spirit. Together we can make a difference and give hope to those who continue to fight this life-changing disease. Through walks that raise awareness and donations, we are doing our part to end brain tumours. Too many loved ones hear the words: "You have a brain tumour". 27 Canadians a day are diagnosed with a brain tumour. Every dollar donated counts!
May is Brain Tumour Awareness Month! You can help "Make May Grey" by wearing grey to raise awareness and show your support. If anyone would like a grey ribbon, our team would be more than happy to mail one out to you or drop one in your mailbox if you are in the area. Our team also goes "green" because that was both my dad and Pat's favourite colour. ;)
Farand's-"For the Fight" held our 1st Bake/Lemonade Sale on Saturday, May 12th from 12-4 PM in St. Albert, which was a huge success. After lemonade sales, which the kids served, and homemade baked goods made by our team and family, we raised $839.65!! All proceeds to the Brain Tumour Foundation which you can see on our Donor List as: Bake/Lemonade Sale Fundraiser. Huge thank you to everyone who helped out and came out to support the cause.
On behalf of Farand's-"For the Fight", the Edmonton Brain Tumour Walk 2018, and the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, we sincerely say THANK YOU! Two small words that really can't express the gratitude we feel.
*Should anyone prefer to make a donation by cash or cheque instead of an online donation, please email me for address to send the cheque to. Tax receipts are issued for donations $20.00 or more.
~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."
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.
- Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada
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The current total amount raised for the Edmonton Brain Tumour Walk is $159,800.65
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