The 2022 International Brain Tumour Awareness Week (IBTA) is taking place from 29 October to the 5 November. The aim is to raise awareness of brain tumours, and to help support anyone who has been impacted by a brain tumour, whether through a diagnosis for themself or a family member or friend.
The IBTA is organised by the International Brain Tumour Alliance, who are keen to increase the levels of research into brain tumours. Kathy Oliver, Founding Co-Director and Chair at IBTA, told the Brain Tumour Research charity: “This week is for everyone who has been impacted by a brain tumour.”
She added: “It is for anyone who hopes to see better outcomes for those diagnosed with this awful disease and – on a personal front – it is for Colin, my son who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2004 at age 24 and passed away, aged 32, in August 2011. I hope you are able to support our week.”
Suggested activities to help support IBTA include sharing stories about living with a brain tumour to local media, or with local community groups and schools. Other ideas include starting a blog about living with a brain tumour or caring for someone with a diagnosis, or developing educational resources such as webinars or online learning materials.
Popular fund-raising activities to help raise money for further brain tumour research include sponsored walks, fun runs, or quiz nights. The IBTA has also produced logos for supporters to download, and share on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram.
IBTA have also organised a virtual exhibition titled Brilliance! which is designed to celebrate the creativity of the global brain tumour community, and is available to view on their website.
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