People of Note: Wes Craven and Mitch Baran

Writing these posts is never easy, and they are especially difficult when someone close to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada passes away. Sadly, this past weekend, we learned both renowned filmmaker, Wes Craven, and local “business giant,” Mitch Baran, died from brain cancer.


Filmmaker Wes Craven (left) and business leader Mitch Baran (right)

Mitch Baran was one of London, Ontario’s (Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s home-base) most respected business leaders and philanthropists. Known for his devotion to the city and giving back to those in need, Baran was the inaugural supporter and financial backer of a national non-profit program concerned with science, engineering and technology education; he sat on numerous hospital and government advisory boards; he donated $1 million to the local university’s school of medicine and dentistry; and recently, Baran’s company, Trudell Medical Ltd., generously sponsored Docs on Ice in support of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.  We are so grateful to the immense generosity Baran extended to communities across Canada, and our deepest sympathies go out to his family, loved ones and colleagues.

Wes Craven, most known for being a horror trailblazer who helmed the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream movie franchises, died on Sunday, August 30 after a battle with brain cancer. In addition to his horror films, Craven also directed Music of the Heart, a drama that earned Meryl Streep an Oscar nomination.

Learning of both losses is a reminder of brain tumours’ vast reach and that the disease knows no boundaries. Our hearts go out to all those impacted by a brain tumour diagnosis and who have had to navigate the often complicated journey that follows. You are not alone and there is a community of support available to you.


Photos courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter and the London Free Press

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