Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada believe that those affected by brain tumours should never go through life alone. Your vehicle donation can help ensure that reality.

The facts

Twenty-seven Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour every day. Here are more facts about brain tumours:
  • 55,000 Canadians are surviving with a brain tumour.
  • Treatment is complicated, and there are over 120 different types of brain tumours.
  • Furthermore, 23.5 new cases of primary brain tumours are estimated per 100,000 population per year. (Data from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario).
  • In the first year after diagnosis, the average patient will make 52 visits to their health care team. This could include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, blood work etc.

What is a brain tumour

  • A brain tumour is a growth of abnormal cells that are either within or around the structure of the brain.
  • Non-malignant tumours account for almost two thirds of all primary brain tumours.
  • The most common type of primary malignant brain tumour is glioblastoma. Moreover, average survival, even with aggressive treatment, is less than one year.
  • Metastatic brain tumours occur at some point in 20-40% of people with cancer. The incidence of metastatic brain tumours is increasing as cancer patients live longer.
  • Brain tumours are the leading cause of solid cancer death in children under the age of 20. Further, they are the third leading cause of solid cancer death in young adults ages 20-39.
  • Because brain tumours are located at the control centre for thought, emotion, and movement, they dramatically affect an individual’s physical and cognitive abilities. In consequence, quality of life is altered.
  • Brain tumours in children are different from those in adults and are often treated differently. 60% of children with brain tumours will survive, however, they are left with long-term side effects.
  • Enhancing the quality of life for people with brain tumours requires access to quality specialty care. Moreover, they may require clinical trials, follow-up care, and rehabilitative services.
  • Accurate data will help researchers understand the disease and improve treatment for those affected. To this end, the Brain Tumour Registry of Canada was launched in May 2019.

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Close to home

This cause hits close to home. Two of our Donate a Car Canada employees have friends and loved ones who have been afflicted by brain tumours. When a life is lost to sickness like this, the ripple effects continue on in the hearts of those left behind. When a brain tumour is survived, lives continue to be altered by after effects.

This is one of DACC’s 800+ Canadian charities. We’ve made them our charity of the month for February. If you, or someone you care about, are impacted by brain tumour(s), donate your car through our program! Every dollar donated makes a difference.

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