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Updated: Fri, 07/12/2024 - 12:16

McGill Alert. The downtown campus will remain partially closed through the evening of Monday, July 15. See the Campus Safety site for details.

Alerte de McGill. Le campus du centre-ville restera partiellement fermé jusqu’au lundi 15 juillet, en soirée. Complément d’information : Direction de la protection et de la prévention

Nancy Champagne - Supporting Brain Tumour Research one T-Shirt at a Time

I am determined to do all that I can to champion this important cause, which deserves so much more awareness and support than it currently receives.

In 2012, at the age of only 26, I was admitted to the hospital for what was believed at the time to be a stroke. For months afterward, I underwent a painful recovery period during which I had to relearn how to talk, write and read.

This past April, my life was turned upside down once again. For some time, I had been experiencing overwhelming headaches and fatigue. Worried by these symptoms, I asked my neurologist to move up an appointment that was planned for that summer. After a blood test and an MRI scan, while at work I received two phone calls from the hospital and my doctor asking me to see him immediately because they had “found something”. Panicked, I left work on the spot and made my way to the hospital.

That’s when I learned the news – what they had found was a brain tumour. This knowledge was only made worse by the revelation that my stroke in 2012 was a misdiagnosis. My symptoms at the time had actually been caused by the cancer which had somehow gone undetected for six years.

After receiving my diagnosis, I met with two doctors who were not willing or able to help me. Thankfully, I soon found Dr. Kevin Petrecca at The Neuro – my savior! He agreed to operate on me, and on June 1st I finally underwent surgery to remove my tumour.

Since being diagnosed with brain cancer, I have dedicated myself to volunteering and giving back by raising money to support brain tumour research. I am determined to do all that I can to champion this important cause, which deserves so much more awareness and support than it currently receives.

Early this year, I began raising money to support research by selling a selection of custom unisex t-shirts and hoodies. For anyone who is interested, the t-shirts are available for $25 and the hoodies for $45, in both adult sizes (S-4XL) and children’s sizes (XS-XL).

75% of the proceeds will be donated to The Neuro to support Dr. Kevin Petrecca’s Brain Tumour Research Fund, while the rest will go towards the Quebec Cancer Foundation. I have already raised $3,000 and I’m far from finished!


To order, please visit my Facebook page

Thank you so much for your attention and for your support of research!

Nancy Champagne



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The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) is a bilingual academic healthcare institution. We are a McGill research and teaching institute; delivering high-quality patient care, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. We are proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.



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