Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

July 13, 2009 11:06 ET

New Brain Tumour Research Made Possible Through $1.4 Million

$1.4 Millions Raised in Walk-a-Thon Program in 2009

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor, Science Editor LONDON, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - July 13, 2009) - Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is celebrating the announcement of $1.4 million raised by over 4,500 participants at 22 Spring Sprint walk-a-thon events held across the country this past spring. Funds raised through annual Spring Sprint events are used to provide brain tumour support programs, to fund clinical research and the Brain Tumour Tissue Bank, and to help create awareness for this disease. Since 1982, over 100 brain tumour research projects have received funds raised in part through Spring Sprint.

More than for simply fundraising, Spring Sprints are held for patients and their families to celebrate life and to remember those who have lost their battle with a brain tumour. In the instance of Richard Motyka, a brain tumour survivor and the largest online fundraiser in 2009, he participates to bring hope to other patients through research that will find a cure for brain tumours so fewer people in the future will have to undergo a similar journey to his.

"Together we are making a difference for those families and friends challenged with a brain tumour," Motyka explains. "We have dozens of family and friends who have been very generous and donate every year. Winning the prize as the largest online donor shows the commitment we have had to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada."

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is a national charity whose mission is to reach every Canadian affected by a brain tumour through support, education, information and research. Spring Sprint events are held in eight provinces from Halifax to Victoria during April to June. Over 250 brain tumour survivors participated in the events and were easily recognizable in their special blue shirts. Additionally, the events were made possible through the involvement of over 400 volunteers and by Spring Sprint's national sponsors: Deloitte, IMRIS and WestJet.

"We could not accomplish so much for so many without the support of our brain tumour community," declares Susan Marshall, Executive Director of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. "We see the results of our research and quality of life projects in the faces of the people at our Spring Sprint. These events have become a tangible expression of our sense of family that helps to bring hope along with our other programs and services such as support groups and patient conferences."

About Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada
There are an estimated 55,000 people in this country living with a brain tumour with 10,000 new cases diagnosed each year, many of those are children. Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada provides information through a free, comprehensive Patient Resource Handbook, live and web-based annual education events, and support through a Canada-wide, toll-free 1-800 line, website (www.braintumour.ca), and national support groups that meet monthly in 22 cities. Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada also supports brain tumour research through annual grants-in-aid program and to date has donated $2.5 million directly to brain tumour research. Please visit Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada's website at www.braintumour.ca. /For further information: www.braintumour.ca or www.springsprint.ca/ IN: EDUCATION, ENTERTAINMENT, HEALTH, SOCIAL, SPORTS

Contact Information

  • Paul Mitchell, Community Relations Officer, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada
    Primary Phone: 519-642-7755 ext. 232
    Toll-Free: 800-265-5106
    E-mail: pmitchell@braintumour.ca