TRINA FARAND - Farand's - "For The Fight"
This is my 2nd year as a participant for the Edmonton Brain Tumour Foundation Walk. Last year, our team, Farand's - "For The Fight" was successful because of people like you. We raised $14,587 towards the movement to end brain tumours!
I would like to take a moment to share my story and why this Walk is important to me personally:
Sadly, I have lost 2 loved ones to a brain tumour diagnosis. Rather than be bitter with how my loved ones were taken from us, I prefer to try to make a difference. Raising awareness and funds is the one thing I feel I can do, but I need people like you to help me/our team accomplish this goal.
My Dad, Adrian Farand, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 1995. He was 67 years old ... a humble, hard working man and provider of a family of 13. He had finally retired as owner of his welding business, but had been noticing concerning symtoms (confusion with his daily commute to work, forgetting his banking PIN #) so decided to go to the doctor, only to learn he had a brain tumour and wouldn't be leaving the hospital (he was scheduled for surgery the next morning). After his surgery, his surgeon recommended chemotherapy and radiation, but was optomistic, saying if the tumour grew back in the next 2 years, they could operate again. He agreed to chemo and radiation , but sadly, ended up with pneumonia after 29 radiation treaments. He passed away peacefully, with his family by his side. My Dad was a fighter, he didn't give up, he did those radiation treatments as a selfless act ... his hope was to make a difference for others in the future.
21 years later, in 2016, my sister Pat was diagnosed with the same type of brain tumour, just 3 months before her 67th birthday. My Dad and sister were the best of friends (she was his 1st born, he was her hero). Sadly, my sister's tumour was inoperable and she was given as little as 2 months for a survival rate (we were blessed to have her for 4 months). My sister had only 16 weeks to say her good-byes (9 of them in hospital/hospice). She was the person I looked up to my entire life. She was the "gracious" one of us 13 siblings, we never heard her complain, not even at the end.
In 2017, we made the decison to register a team for our 1st Brain Tumour Foundation Walk to honour of my Dad and Pat. We were humbled by the support of family, friends, and co-workers. It was our 1st year and we raised almost $14,587 because of people like you!!! Proudly, our Team, Farand's - "For The Fight" was the Top Team in Edmonton. What an amazing accomplishment for our 1st year!
This will be our 2nd annual walk in an effort to continue to honour my Dad and sister, and at the same time, raise awareness, and money towards better research and treatment. I can appreciate times are tough, the enconomy isn't great, people I know have/are losing their jobs, and everyone has their charity of choice for something that is near/dear to them. You'll notice my donation is $52 (that's just $1/week), which doesn't seem like a lot, but it will make a difference. If you're able to give, give what you can afford. Whether that's $5 or $52 .... no matter what the amount, it comes from the heart and that means so much. If you're not able to make a financial donation, you can still help by raising awareness and walk with us in spirit on May 26th! MAY is Brain Tumour Awareness Month ... if I see you wearing grey in May I'll consider you are showing support :)
Hope for progress in discovering the cause of brain tumours ... hope for better treatments for every child and adult diagnosed ....... most of all, hope for a cure!!!
Thank you for your support! Trina xo :)