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 to have two loved ones from the same family taken by brain tumours was the fact that from the time of diagnosis neither 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 26, 2018 our team Farand's-"For the Fight" will participate in the Edmonton Brain Tumour Walk~YEAR 2~. Some of us will walk 2.5 km, and some will walk 5 km, but all of us will walk 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 continue to fight the battle that they both lost. And of course, we will cheer on the survivors walking in blue t-shirts and let them know they inspire all of us.
Last year's walk was a huge success. We 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~ "Top 10 Teams in Edmonton" and #10~ "Top 10 Teams of Canada". When the event was over, we all agreed that we would be back in 2018!!
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". 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.
Should anyone prefer to make a donation by cheque instead of an online donation, please email Tammy at: email@example.com
On behalf of Farand's-"For the Fight", the Edmonton Brain Tumour Walk 2018, and the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, thank you!
"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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