TRINA FARAND - Team: Farand's - "For the Fight"
Thank you for taking the time to read my story!!!
This is my 2nd year as a participant for the Edmonton Brain Tumour Foundation Walk (on Saturday, May 26th). 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! We are focused on making a difference in the years to come ... having 3 generations on the team, we are not going anywhere until a cure is found.
This cause is important to me personally. I have lost 2 loved ones to a brain tumour diagnosis. Rather than be angry with how my loved ones were taken from us, I made a choice and decided to join others to try to make a difference. Raising awareness and funds is what I know I CAN do, but I need people like you to help me/our team accomplish this goal. Too many people I know have been affected by this disease and continue to hear those words that change their lives and the lives of those they love. Too many people are mis-diagnosed and never get the opportunity to be treated!
My Dad, Adrian Farand, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 1995. He was 67 years old ... a humble, hard working man and provider for a family of 15 (13 kids!). He had just retired as owner of his welding business, and had been noticing concerning symtoms (confusion with his daily commute to work, forgetting his banking PIN # are just 2 examples) so he 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 and 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 double pneumonia after 29 radiation treaments. He passed away peacefully, with his family by his side. My Dad was a "fighter" (thus, Farand's - "For the Fight"), he didn't give up, he chose to do those draining radiation treatments as a selfless act for his family and for others... his hope was to make a difference for others in the future. We believed our family would never be touched by such a diagnosis ever again.
21 years later, in 2016, my sister Pat was diagnosed with the same type of brain tumour (Glioblastoma Multiforme), just 3 months before her 67th birthday (terrible coincidence she was the same age as my Dad). 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, my twin sister, Tammy (Team Captain) took the initiative 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, co-workers. It was our 1st year and we raised almost $15K because of people like you!!! Proudly, our Team, Farand's - "For the Fight" was the Top Team in Edmonton and Top 10 in Canada. What an amazing accomplishment for our 1st year! Again, only because of the support of people like you!
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 funds towards better research and treatment for those diagnosed. I can appreciate times are tough for some, many people I know have lost their jobs, and everyone has their charity of choice for one 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 I know it WILL make a difference. If you're able to give, give what you can afford. If you're not able to make a financial donation, you can still support by raising awareness and walk with us in spirit on May 26th.
As a proud 30 year employee of Safeway/Sobeys I was absolutely thrilled to recently see Sobeys is a Corporate Sponsor for the Brain Tumour Foundation in 2018! Knowing this cause is important to the company I work for gives me even more pride as an employee! Last year many of us 5km walkers missed out getting food, but I'm confident with Sobeys as a sponsor this year, everyone will enjoy a great BBQ!!
Whether you're celebrating a a survivor, or you have lost someone close to you, you're invited to be a part of the movement to end brain tumours!! If you're not able to support us in 2018, maybe you'll remember us in 2019! Our team consists of 3 generations so we're not going anywhere until a cure is found! MAY is Brain Tumour Awareness Month ... wear grey and show your 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!!!
Our team page, Farand's - "For the Fight" has additional information on brain tumour awareness and our initiative as a team.
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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The current total amount raised for the Edmonton Brain Tumour Walk is $159,800.65
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