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October 24th is Canada’s Brain Cancer Awareness Day. Here’s how you can participate and support the cause.

Brain Cancer Awareness Day: Charities You Can Support

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, they estimated that at least 3,000 Canadians will be diagnosed with brain and spinal fluid cancer in 2020 alone. Canada currently has one of the highest rates of brain tumour cases in the world, this is according to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. They also state that 27 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour every day and for over a decade, there haven’t been any new significant discoveries. Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada was founded in the early 80s to provide support and fund medical research to help thousands of Canadians diagnosed with brain cancer every year. Through the foundation, the accuracy of radiation treatments has improved, as well as the quality of life for patients after surgery. 

Continuous research and innovation are needed for an illness like this. More importantly, help and support are needed for those affected. You can support the cause by participating in awareness campaigns or by donating to charities.

Hats For Hope

Hats For Hope is a nationwide brain tumour awareness campaign. Its mission is to provide hope for those affected through support, research and cure. You can participate by simply wearing a hat on October 24th or any day between October 30th to November 6th. Take a selfie or a group photo wearing a hat and share it on social media with the hashtag #HatsForHope and tag @braintumourfund. You can also purchase Hats For Hope toques online in which all proceeds from the sale will fund Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s research and support programs. 

Brain Cancer Awareness Day: Charities You Can Support

Photo Credit: Luz Candles

Light a Candle for  a Cause with Iremia Skincare x Luz Candles: Renia Candle  

(25% of the proceeds go to Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research) 

The Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research is a charity led by Sunnybrook’s world-leading researchers to develop innovative and non-invasive treatments for glioblastoma and other inoperable brain tumours. Glioblastoma, if you don’t know, is the most common cancerous tumour that starts in the brain.

In light of Brain Cancer Awareness day, Luz Candles created the Renia Candle in honour of Luz Candles’ co-founder’s mother who passed away last year from glioblastoma. The candle is made of all-natural soy and coconut wax and scented with lavender essential oil– Renia’s favourite scent. To honour her life and help make a difference, 25% of the proceeds from all Renia Candle sales will go to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research. 

You can purchase the candle here, and you can learn more about Renia’s story here

Published by HOLR Magazine