Help strike out brain tumours with the Blue Jays
Saturday September 28, 2013 at 1:07 p.m. - Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays
- Buy a ticket and sit in a special section for patients, families and supporters
- Cost is $30 for adults; $20 for children 14 years and under
- To purchase tickets contact Paul Rabeau of the Toronto Blue Jays 416-341-1670 or firstname.lastname@example.org
December 13, 2013 - 20th Anniversary of b.r.a.i.n.chid
Details will be released in September.
Elizabeth Peeters' Recognition Day
Ten years is a long time to be at the head of any organization, especially a volunteer group. On November 4, a number of long time b.r.a.i.n.child members gathered to honour Elizabeth Peeters on her remarkable ten-year tenure as president. This past decade has been one of significant change for b.r.a.i.n.child as new health care delivery models and social media have reduced the group's focus on direct patient and family support, and increased the focus on fundraising in support of brain tumor research.
The Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre has been the beneficiary of much of this funding, so it is fitting that the event to honour Elizabeth began there. This facility is the largest and most significant brain tumour research center in North America, if not the world. Funds raised in the name of b.r.a.i.n.child have seeded significant research projects at the BTRC, and have resulted in major discoveries that have improved diagnosis times, treatment options, and the likelihood that a child will not only survive a brain tumor, but have fewer challenges as well. The scientists at the BTRC spend their lives searching for new treatments and cures, many of them not having any personal connection to a family of a brain tumor patient. When they break from their efforts, they retire to the lounge, to relax, have a bite to eat and socialize.
In honour of Elizabeth's tireless work, as of November 4th the lounge of the BTRC has been officially named “Peeters' Pastures” and a plaque has been installed to commemorate the dedication that Elizabeth continues to show in support of b.r.a.i.n.child and brain tumour research. The plaque has a background photograph of a pasture at the Peeters' farm, overlaid with images of brain tumour patients – some of whom have survived, and some who have not – which will remind all who see it of the important work that is undertaken at the BTRC. The plaque was the inspiration of Jeanne Crispin, secretary to Dr. Rutka.
Following the unveiling of the plaque, the celebration continued with a cocktail party at the Delta Chelsea Hotel, affording all the opportunity to reminisce, reconnect with old friends and to begin plans for upcoming fund raising efforts. Congratulations to Elizabeth on a decade of dedication to b.r.a.i.n.child.