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30 years of hope to be celebrated at this year's Ottawa Spring Sprint for the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

May 24, 2012

Ottawa, ON: This year, to mark the organization's 30th anniversary, the goal is to exceed all past efforts by raising $1.6 million with the help of 20 Spring Sprint events across Canada, including the Ottawa Spring Sprint on June 3, 2012.

For 30 years, the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada has brought hope to brain tumour patients, 30 years of education and support to families affected and 30 years of fundraising and advocacy.

In 2010 Naomi Gilker, a triathlete with the Ottawa Triathlon Club, became dizzy and weak. She could not walk, let alone run. In December the same year she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. One week later, only two days shy of her 30th birthday, she underwent surgery to remove the tumour threatening her life.

Family and friends flocked to her side at Ottawa Hospital to help celebrate her special day and to give thanks for her survival. They'll do it again on June 3 to raise awareness and funds for an organization that was instrumental in helping Naomi cope. Through Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, Naomi found a community of support, one that needs your help in raising awareness of this upcoming event.

Since the early days of the organization, it has been our vision to find the cause of and cure for brain tumours while improving the quality of life for those affected,? said Steve Northey, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada Co-Founder. Today, it's this purpose that continues to resonate and motivate thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters as we look to the future and a cure for this disease.?

Purpose and motivation will be on display at the 2012 Ottawa Spring Sprint, where Ottawans will come together to raise funds for an organization whose mission touches the heart of the nation.

Ottawa Spring Sprint event details:
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Registration: 9am
Location: Andrew Hayden Park Gazebo
Carling at Holly Acres Rd. Start: 10am
Distances: 2.5km or 5km walk/fun run


Just seven months after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, eight-year-old Kelly Northey of London, Ontario passed away in January of 1982. Confused and distraught, Steve Northey had nowhere to turn for information on the disease that had taken his daughter?s life. Steve set out to change this so that no family would experience this confusion again.

In February 1982, Steve partnered with Dr. Rolando Del Maestro, a neurosurgeon and brain tumour researcher and his wife, Pam Del Maestro, a neuroscience nurse to found the Brain Research Fund. The name was later changed to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.

Visit to register for the Ottawa Spring Sprint.
Learn more about the 30th anniversary celebrations and how far things have come at

For more information contact:
Megan Winkler
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada
Phone: 1-800-265-5106 x 232
Cell: 519-494-7076

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