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You have the power to end brain cancer

19 September 2016

Every day about 25 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour. Gord Downie, of the Tragically Hip, is one of those Canadians. He received a devastating diagnosis of late-stage glioblastoma in December 2015. He's not alone. About 3,000 Canadians are given the same news each year – that they have some form of brain cancer.

Glioblastoma is the most common primary brain cancer in adults. Unfortunately it's currently incurable. But our researchers are making tremendous progress increasing survival rates.

Since Mr Downie shared news of his diagnosis, glioblastoma has become a national topic of conversation.

Moved by the news, Canadians took action and joined together to raise funds through events and donations supporting brain cancer research to the tune of more than $1M.

But it's still not enough.

Despite investing $10 million in the last 5 years in brain cancer research projects across the country, there is still a long way to go. Survival rates are low and brain cancer research is expensive. 

5 year survival by cancer type
5 year relative survial rate

Brain cancer needs more brainpower.

We already know that funding specific areas of cancer research makes a real difference. We can have the same impact on brain cancer. Funding for brain cancer research will help us to make real and significant progress against this disease.

  • Each research project costs $50,000 to $500,000 each year.
  • A sophisticated microscope costs $15,000 to over $100,000.
  • Purchasing cancer cells for just one experiment costs $300 to $500.
Please donate now to fund vital research on this hard-to-treat cancer. 

Our dedicated researchers are counting on you to support their work in tackling brain cancer.

Dr Sheila Singh

Dr Sheila Singh

Discovered a new way to kill brain cancer cells

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Dr Peter Dirks

Dr Peter Dirks

Found a driving force behind childhood brain cancer

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Dr Simon Graham

Dr Simon Graham

Developed a new technology for brain cancer surgery

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Why is it vital that you support brain cancer research today? Brain cancer is currently the 2nd most common cause of cancer death among older adolescents and young adults aged 15–29 years. Brain cancer in adults is a devastating disease with a 5-year survival rate of only 25%, compared to over 60% for cancers overall. Most adults with a diagnosis of aggressive glioblastoma survive only 1–2 years after their diagnosis.

Thank you for standing alongside us, supporting our work and honoring those who have been touched by this disease. Together we can end brain cancer.

You have the power to end brain cancer. You can save lives!

Your donation will help achieve real and significant progress against this disease. Thank you for your generous support to make more research possible.

We are working hard to unravel this complex disease. A Society-funded glioblastoma trial has been selected as having the most impact at the prestigious international ASCO conference.

Spread the word. Tell a friend that you have joined in the fight to end brain cancer.

Text "fight" to 20222 to donate.