Last December, just months after her fourth birthday, Isabelle Borkowski died after battling diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a terminal brain cancer diagnosis. Now, Isabelle’s parents Michal and Jackie are working to have May 17 declared a national day for DIPG awareness.
Brain Cancer Canada proudly supports The Borkowski family honouring their daughter’s memory and all other children who have passed away from this disease. We ask you to take five minutes to sign a House of Commons petition e-3426 sponsored by Liberal MP @Julie Dabrusin.
“The worst thing about this disease is that when you find out your child is sick, you are told that there is no hope. That it will require a miracle for your child to survive,” said Isabelle’s father, Michal Borkowski. “We want to bring awareness to this disease to help stimulate people in our government to provide additional funding for research. To give hope to future families, hope which we did not have”.
DIPG is a pediatric glioma, also known as Pontine or Brainstem Glioma. Surgical resection of these infiltrative tumours is typically not attempted for DIPG patients due to the tumour’s location. The median survival rate range is only 8-11 months, while only 10% of all patients survive past two years and 2% past five years.
There simply is not enough funding for brain cancer research made available by governments. Making a change starts with raising awareness. Please, join us in helping the Borkowski family achieve their goal by signing the petition and by sharing this message.