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"I know it will not bring my Mom back but I know it would make her proud?

May 24, 2012

Saskatoon, SK ?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 Saskatoon Spring Sprint on June 9, 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 2008, Stefanie Lawton?s world was turned upside down when her mother was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Stefanie and her family were told it was the most common brain tumour, a Glioblastoma multiforme. There is no cure. Stefanie?s mom had less than a year to live. The family felt helpless, but the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada provided the support and information that allowed the family to become more educated on what to expect.
Stefanie has been participating in the Saskatoon Spring Sprint for the last four years. Stefanie says, ?I know it will not bring my Mom back but I know it would make her proud. She would have done everything she could to help others who were affected by this disease.? Since her mom is not here to raise funds for research, Stefanie will help her with it. More than anything, she wants to see a cure found for this disease.
?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 Saskatoon Spring Sprint, where Saskatonians will come together to raise funds for an organization whose mission touches the heart of the nation.

Saskatoon Spring Sprint event details:
Date: Saturday, June 9, 2012 Registration: 10:00 am
Location: Meewasin Park, North/South Trail
Access from Spadina Cres Start: 11:00 am
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 Saskatoon 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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