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brainBruce Power is teaming up with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada to boost awareness, develop innovative technologies, and support those on a journey with a brain tumour.

The company has pledged $300,000 between 2018 and 2020 for the foundation, which enhances the quality of life for Canada's brain tumour community.

"By developing a mutually beneficial partnership, our two organizations can share our impact and advocate for better treatments and equal access to medical technologies like Gamma Knife," said James Scongack, Bruce Power's Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Environment. "As a supplier of High Specific Activity cobalt, which is at the forefront of new medical technologies like MR simulation, Gamma Knife, and cancer ablation therapy, Bruce Power is helping to transform care for brain tumour patients."

Susan Marshall, Chief Executive Officer, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, said brain tumours are more common than people think and are the No. 1 cancer death in children. At least 27 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour every day. There is no cure and they are often deadly.

"There is hope for the estimated 55,000 Canadians currently on a journey with a brain tumour, with innovative treatments like Gamma Knife," Marshall said. "Medical isotopes are critical to ensuring brain tumour patients, now and in the future, have effective treatment options available for them across the country and globally. For 36 years now, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada has funded brain tumour research while providing the brain tumour community with emotional support, access to accurate information and a connection to others facing this challenging disease.

"We live with the hope that one day a cure will be found, but until that day, we will work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for those affected," she added.

As part of the $100,000 in annual funding, Bruce Power and Brain Tumour Foundation will also provide financial assistance to a young brain tumour survivor as they pursue post-secondary academic and vocational education through the foundation's Youth Education Award, Scongack added.

"This support enables each recipient the opportunity to realize their dream of overcoming their challenges, to become a skilled, independent, and productive member of their community," Scongack said. "Bruce Power looks forward to helping these young adults become mentors and advocates for others suffering from this disease."

source: media release, Bruce Power

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