June 18th, 2020

// Virtual Brain Tumour Walk unites all Canadians in the fight against brain tumours June 27

Virtual Brain Tumour Walk unites all Canadians in the fight against brain tumours June 27

Register now and help Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada #EndBrainTumours

LONDON, ON, June 17, 2020 /CNW/ - On Saturday, June 27, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is ready to make history with its first-ever national 2020 Virtual Brain Tumour Walk. 

Normally held on multiple days across several cities in Canada, this year's event has merged 22 different walks into a single virtual event. The move was made in order to keep the brain tumour community and its supporters safe in light of COVID-19. 

It's a necessary move from a fundraising standpoint, as charities across Canada are feeling the pinch this year due to in-person events being cancelled. However, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada has received some spectacular support from two well-known Canadian celebrities. 

Joining Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada this year is two-time Olympic gold medal curler, Kaitlyn Lawes of Winnipeg. Lawes' father, Keith, passed away from a brain tumour in 2007. It has taken some time, but Kaitlyn says she feels ready to share a more vulnerable side of herself, by sharing her story with the country and Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. 

My Story – By Kaitlyn Lawes is currently featured on Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada's web site, and is a beautifully written account of her father's battle with a brain tumour, even as she rose to the peak of her sport.

Hosting the 2020 Virtual Brain Tumour Walk is Canadian broadcasting legend, Alan Cross, who will take participants through the half-hour ceremony on Facebook Live beginning at 12pm EDT. Cross, the voice behind the Ongoing History of New Music podcast, will be checking in with survivors, caregivers and volunteers from all across Canada leading up to the big countdown. 

Meanwhile, what could be more fitting for a walk hosted over social media than a hashtag sponsor?

Every time the hashtag #VirtualBrainTumourWalk is used on June 27, Al's Flower Pouch, by A.M.A. Horticulture Inc will be donating 27 cents to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. 

For nearly 20 years A.M.A. Horticulture Inc has supported Tumour Foundation of Canada through the sale of Al's Flower Pouch hanging planters. More than one million pouches have been sold, each featuring Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada's logo and contact information. 

The 2020 Virtual Brain Tumour Walk is open to all Canadians to take part in. How you do is up to you – walk, dance, jog, run – but no matter what, it all helps raise awareness of the 27 people who are diagnosed with a brain tumour each day in Canada, as well as raise funds to help the search for the cause of and cure for brain tumours.

Register yourself or a team today at www.braintumourwalk.ca, and take your first steps to #EndBrainTumours.

Click here to read the personal stories of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada's Virtual Brain Tumour Walk ambassadors from all across Canada. 

Facts about brain tumours
Each day in Canada, 27 people will hear the words, "You have a brain tumour." There are an estimated 55,000 Canadians currently living with a brain tumour. Signs and symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, blurred vision and behavioural changes, in addition to morning nausea, hearing impairment and weakness or paralysis. There are more than 120 different types of brain tumours, making effective treatment very complicated.

About Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada: Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is the only national charity offering information and support to patients affected by any kind of brain tumour – be it cancerous, non-malignant or metastases. The organization funds ground-breaking research across North America and, since 1982, has dedicated over $7.2 million to finding a cure and improving treatment for brain tumour survivors. Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is funded solely through generous contributions from individuals, corporations, organizations, employee groups and special events. Learn more at Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada's website: www.BrainTumour.ca.

SOURCE Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

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