"Renate Kebbert, my Mom was an absolutely amazing Mom, wife, and friend."
I have been wanting to write about my Mom’s story for over a year now, but I just couldn’t do it. But I am ready now.
Renate Kebbert, my Mom was an absolutely amazing Mom, wife, and friend. She was one of those people that was always there for others, she was my and my sister’s biggest supporter in everything we did, she helped others when they needed it and never asked for anything in return, I can’t say enough about her, she was just the most amazing person ever. Read the rest of the story …
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One of Heather Buttrum photos from the 2012 Hamitlon Spring Sprint.
Heather Buttrum is a photographer based on Southern Ontario with her company ‘On Three Photography’ (get it?!). She recently gave of her time and talent to document the Hamilton Spring Sprint. She took beautiful photographs of this day of hope and support and she has generously shared them with us (you’ll be able to see them on the website and our Facebook page soon!). She also has written a lovely post on her blog On3Photography about the Spring Sprint, where you will find a few of the wonderful photos.
This story was written by co-workers of Nicki in Ottawa. Nicki has a brain tumour and her colleagues are rallying together to support her and Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada at this weekend’s Spring Sprint in Ottawa.
Our friend Nicole has been diagnosed with a stage 2 brain tumour. She is a young and vibrant woman that just recently got married and she has a 2 year old son Deklan who is the center of her life. We are running/walking to support our friend in her recovery.
She’s 28. She’s married. She has a little boy who is almost 2. She had a headache. She was dizzy. Her doctor said it was the flu and gave her an antibiotic. The dizziness never left and only got worse. She had difficulties walking… Read more …
Last weekend kicked of the series of Spring Sprint events in support of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and the event in London raised more than $140,000 and brought out close to 800 people. A photos from the day are below, showcasing the many supporters of the brain tumour community. We look forward to sharing many more as the events continue this spring.
Crowd at London Spring Sprint
Emcee Allison Graham hosting the London Spring Sprint again in 2012
Local sponsors for the London Spring Sprint were honoured and thanked
London-area Survivors gather for a photo just before the walk begins
Founder, Steve Northey speaks about the incredible 30 year history of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada while his granddaughter holds a photo his daughter Kelly. The organization is Kelly's legacy.
Chris Bentley, Minister of Energy, Government of Ontario and Susan Marshall, Executive Director, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada
The end screen of one of the three public service announcements
On a Monday morning in August of 2011, we were approached by an award-winning filmmaker named David Ray. His brother was named Rob and he was dedicated activist in the brain tumour community. Rob had lost his 13-year battle with a brain tumour that weekend. Near the end of his life, he expressed to David a desire that he carry on his awareness raising efforts. This began our journey towards the development of three inspiring public service announcements for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.
And so, early in 2012, we were fortunate to be part of two magical weekends when members of the film and television industry from Canada and the United States came together to produce these pieces.
It seems fitting that this inspiring and special project, that is sure to make an important impact, came together in this 30 Anniversary year for the organization. There are three spots and a Thank You video, find them all on our YouTube channel or click on the links below.
What’s a ‘wordle’?
‘Wordle’ helps generate “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. We’ve dropped in the ’30 Things We’ve Learned in 30 Years’ which generate the visual below. Fun! You can generate your own ‘wordle’ here.
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A 'wordle' created from the '30 Things We've Learned in 30 Years'
Today is February 29 – ‘Leap Day’.
How will you spend this ‘extra’ day? We’ll be out interviewing survivors, sharing stories, preparing for Spring Sprint, promoting Support Groups and the Spring Information Days and raising money to support all of these activities!
You could take a few minutes of this ‘extra’ day to share some facts about brain tumours, like:
- Every day, 27 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour
- It is estimated that 55,000 Canadians are surviving with a brain tumour
- There are over 120 different types of brain tumours, making effective treatment very complicated.
Find more facts and information at BrainTumour.ca.
Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada has been bringing hope to Canadians affected by a brain tumour since 1982.
Wondering about the history of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada?
Check out the video on this page that was created on the 25th anniversary. It tells the story of hope that inspired Steve Northey, Rolando Del Maestro and Pamela Del Maestro to start working to help every Canadian affected by a brain tumour.
Learn more about this history and milestone anniversary here.
Gary Carter, image courtesy of theglobeandmail.com
This is a sad ‘Friend Friday’ post for us. Late yesterday afternoon, former Montreal Expo catcher and Hall of Fame member Gary Carter (often referred to as ‘The Kid’) passed away as a result of a brain tumour.
His family shared the news via their Caringbridge blog, which we shared a few weeks ago. Their journey with this disease was shared in that space and is a chronicle of the impact a brain tumour has on the patient and the family.
We are terribly saddened when anyone loses their life to a brain tumour and today we send our condolences to Gary Carter’s family.
We also send our thoughts to everyone affected by a brain tumour, whether you are newly diagnosed, under treatment, in recovery or coping with the loss of a loved one.
We will continue to raise funds to work to improve the quality-of-life of patients and to fund the research necessary to find the ever-elusive cure. You can join us as we continue the fight. Find all the ways you can help on Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s website.
You can also read more about Gary Carter’s legacy in this Globe and Mail story.