Jane Beech and her child Leah Smith, who was diagnosed with a Stage 2 Oligodendroglioma last fall, will be walking to raise awareness and funds for the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada on June 27 in Quesnel. (Submitted Photo)

Brain Tumour Walk goes virtual in light of pandemic

Annual Brain Tumour Walk events across the country will be held online on June 27, due to COVID-19

The annual Brain Tumour Walk will move online this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada (BTFC) will be bringing communities together across the country through virtual walks held on Saturday, June 27 to celebrate and support everyone affected by a brain tumour.

Walk events across the country have been transformed into online experiences in order to adhere to physical distancing measures put into place by the public health office in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Quesnel resident Jane Beech has scheduled her own virtual walk event in support of her child Leah Smith who was diagnosed with a Stage 2 Oligodendroglioma last fall.

“My kid is now eight months passed surgery and we are waiting on a second MRI to see if there has been any growth so now I’m like ‘OK let’s do something’ – I found the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and because of COVID they are offering these virtual walks so I decided that myself and my kid and whoever else we could get on our team would do a virtual walk based in Quesnel,” said Beech.

Beech, who works as a licensed practical nurse in Quesnel, says brain tumours aren’t talked about enough and she and her family want to raise as much awareness to the brain tumour community as possible.

“I would really like for there to be more research and I would really like for there to be more awareness of brain tumours –it’s something we don’t think and talk about,” said Beech.

Beech says for her family and countless others in the brain tumour community who may be in a similar situations, the stress of knowing there isn’t a cure is daunting.

Beech and her family will be hosting a virtual walking event to raise awareness and funds for the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada at Ceal Tingley Park in Quesnel at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 27. Anyone wishing learn more about the virtual walks and brain tumour community or to donate to the Beech family event can visit www.braintumourwalk.ca.

The BTFC acknowledges that it has been a particularly difficult year for the brain tumour community and that it is imperative that the nation come together to show their support.

“The feelings of isolation and helplessness faced by the brain tumour community this year are unprecedented. COVID-19 has led to changes and challenges for so many Canadians undergoing treatment, from rescheduled appointments to not being able to visit loved ones in hospital. That’s why it is so important to come together as individuals and as a nation to support each other,” states a release from BTFC.

The annual Brain Tumour Walk is always held on June 27, a date that was chosen specifically by the BTFC as it states that every day in Canada 27 people will hear the words “you have a brain tumour.” In honour of the individuals the BTFC has created the 27 Canadians Challenge to #EndBrainTumours.

The foundation is encouraging participants who take up the challenge to register for a virtual walk and ask 1o friends to donate $27, or to ask 27 friends to donate $10 each to their event. Individuals who complete the challenge will be sent a #EndBrainTumours buff, which they are then encouraged to wear during their virtual walks on June 27.


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