Farand's- "For the Fight"
Our family has sadly lost two loved ones to a Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) brain tumour diagnosis: Adrian in 1995 and his daughter Pat in 2016, both at the age of 67. Even more heartbreaking was that from the time of diagnosis neither Adrian nor Pat survived longer than six months: Pat only had 16 weeks to say her good-byes.
Adrian was a proud, hard-working man who loved his family and would give the shirt off his back without hesitation. 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.
On May 27th our team will participate in a 5km walk to not only remember how Adrian and Pat died, but we want to celebrate their lives and how they lived. We will be walking to honour the taken but also to support the fighters! Our team name symbolizes both~ "Farand" for Adrian and Pat and "for the fight" as we do our part to continue the fight they lost.
Our hope for May 27th - besides sunshine and blue skies - is that you can walk with us! If you are not able to join the team, please walk with us in spirit. Every dollar donated counts and is very much appreciated. Together we can make a difference and give hope to those who continue to fight this life-changing disease: Too many loved ones hear the words "You have a brain tumour".
May is Brain Tumour Awareness Month and 'Turn May Grey' so show your support by wearing grey!
Thank you so much for not only supporting our team, but also the Edmonton Brain Tumour Walk 2017 and the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.
"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."
- Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada
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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