Why I Walk

Registration now OPEN for Brain Tumour Walk events across Canada

Let me tell you about the day a brain tumour swallowed me whole.

It was a cold and snowy day much like any other day in February across Canada. But the storm brewing inside that hospital emergency room was much worse than the fluffy white snowflakes gently falling on the paper-white fields outside.

Constant waves of sickness forced me to sit down. I tried to breathe through the anxiety that filled the dark room where my husband and I waited for a doctor to tell us what was wrong with our 8-month-old baby.

“It’s in his head. There is a mass in his brain where there shouldn’t be one.”

That was it. Those words ate me up in one big gulp. My baby boy had a brain tumour. Nothing else mattered. From that moment on our family’s lives were consumed by that brain tumour. And sadly, it took my son’s life eight years later.

And that’s why I walk.

I walk to remember and honour my son Xavier’s courageous journey with brain cancer.

I walk for everyone affected by a brain tumour and anyone who has to hear their doctor tell them, they or someone they love, has a brain tumour.

I walk to raise money so no one else gets swallowed up by a brain tumour. 

And I walk for hope that someday we will find the cause of and a cure for brain tumours.

So, why do you walk?

Tell us by tagging Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada in your social media posts and register now for a walk near you.

Please show your support to a friend, family member, or even a stranger, because in the words of Dr. Seuss, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Carla Garrett is the newest member of the Marketing and Communications team at Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. She can be reached at cgarrett@braintumour.ca

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