What is International Brain Tumour Awareness Week?

By 29th October 2020 IBTA News

This week marks International Brain Tumour Awareness Week (Saturday, 24th October 2020 to Saturday 31st October 2020), a celebration of awareness-raising activities in which the international brain tumour community unites to draw attention to the challenges of brain tumours and the need for an increased research effort. Now in its fourteenth year, this is a special time when the brain tumour community comes together to raise public awareness of brain tumours, fundraise for research and care, and run educational activities and events.

Kathy Oliver, the IBTA’s founding Co-Director and its Chair explains more in this video:

We know how challenging it is to safely organise activities this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are, however, still things we can all do to raise awareness of brain tumours not just during this special week, but at any time of the year. For example, you could organise a virtual group walk, jog or cycle ride; contact your local media and tell them your story; post awareness messages on social media; have a Zoom tea party or quiz with friends and family to raise funds for vital brain tumour research; organise an educational webinar about brain tumours; launch educational resources online; etc. Anything, no matter how large or small, which you can do to raise awareness of the particular challenges of a brain tumour diagnosis and the need for a special response and an increased research effort would be greatly appreciated by the international brain tumour community.

If you are able to take part in any kind of activity, we would love to hear about it and so invite you to please register or report your Awareness Week activity through our online form. The social media hashtag for sharing news about events, activities and articles for the current International Brain Tumour Awareness Week  is #IBTAWeek.

If you are looking for brain tumour charities and organisations to support or get in touch with during this special week, a list of organisations in your country can be found on our interactive IBTA Alliance Map here.

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