Fact: The average length of survival for patients diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) is 15-18 months
Since 2017, Farands- For the Fight has raised over $44,000.00. To everyone who has donated, we thank you once again. Your generosity has not been forgotten. Hundreds of donations have been made over the last four years from family, friends, coworkers, and even people we have never met. Many of our donors have also been personally affected by losing or watching a loved one courageously battle a brain tumour.
In 2017, the journey of Farands- For the Fight began. We came together as a family to walk for a cure and raise awareness in memory of two very special loved ones, Adrian Farand and Pat Farand, father and daughter, both taken by glioblastoma.
Fact: GBM is more common in men than women. Average age at diagnosis is 64.
After Adrian was diagnosed, he immediately underwent surgery, chemotherapy, and 29 radiation treatments. He was hopeful until being told during treatment that the tumour had already started to regrow. He continued with treatment with the thought that it could make a difference for others. Less than six months from diagnosis, Adrian was taken from his wife, 13 children, and cherished grandchildren. This was in 1995 when little was known about brain tumours. Adrian was 67 years old.
Fact: GBM standard of treatment is surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation.
Two decades later, in 2016, the unthinkable would happen. Adrian and Anne’s oldest daughter Pat was given the same devastating news after suffering a seizure. Pat made the personal choice to decline chemotherapy or radiation treatment after being told her tumour was inoperable; she was given as little as two months. We were blessed to celebrate Pat’s 67th birthday but 16 weeks from the day of diagnosis she would join her parents in Heaven.
Fact: GBM is one of the most complex and treatment-resistant cancers due to the blood brain barrier. No available treatments have been successful to extend patient lives beyond a few extra months.
Adrian and Pat were so much more than two people taken by brain tumours. Adrian was a proud, hard working business owner/operator of Farand & Sons Welding. His wife and family meant everything to him; it was evident in all he did. Adrian gave without expecting anything in return and without hesitation would have given his last dollar to anyone in need.
Pat was young-at-heart, and a woman who always encouraged the people in her life even though she endured her own struggles. She was a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and one with a great sense of style! Pat was both sweet and sassy- gracious until her final days and not once did she ever ask, “Why me?"
Our Farands- For the Fight goal is to continue the fight Adrian and Pat lost; the fight many have lost. Our hope is that through awareness, fundraising, and donations, there will be advancements in research leading to better treatment, longer life expectancy, and ultimately a cure for brain tumours!
Fact: Brain tumours are not rare. The cause, including genetics, is unknown. There is no cure.
Will you join “the fight” by supporting us in reaching our 2022 fundraising goal with dollars raised going to research, technology, and treatment in support of Brain Cancer Canada?
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With gratitude and love, Farands- For the Fight
Charity No. 80359 4985 RR001
PO Box 30007 RPO Woodbine Heights
Toronto, ON M4C 5J2