Geoff's Walking Brains
We are walking again on JUNE 2ND, 2018 to raise money for the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada which helps support people with brain tumours as well as to fund research initiatives into brain tumours.
Geoff was diagnosed with a cancerous Brain Tumour in September 2015. He has survived through brain surgery, radiation, chemotherapy with lots of ups and downs along the way. He will be celebrating his 3rd year of surviving with an Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma Grade 3 tumour in 2018.
Did you know that even when you remove a brain tumour, radiate it, and kill it with chemo that it will come back eventually?? Brain Cancer patients do not go into remission but rather a period of Watch and Wait. You receive regular MRI scans to check your status and health. It is a constant worry about when the cancer will return. We have faith and hope that Geoff will survive for many years to come, and hopefully in time to see new treatments or even a cure. Wouldn't that be AMAZING???
The most common side effects that can occur from the treatments for brain cancer are cognitive decline, paralysis, and seizures.
Geoff is a lucky guy to have survived!! He is happy to be alive regardless of the everyday side effects he suffers from. He continues to have unrelenting fatigue, short term memory loss, issues with executive functioning, word finding problems. But he manages to live a good life, moment to moment. Making memories every day with his children.
We will be holding our 3rd annual lemonade stand / bake sale at our home on May 22nd, 2018. Please consider coming and supporting us or donating online.
We are stronger together as a team!
Love Geoff, Dawn, Avalon and Clover
"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.