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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – A local family is asking Canadians to sign a petition declaring May 17th National Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG)
Awareness Day.

Brandy Patterson reached out to local media on behalf of the Cayford family to raise awareness in honour of her niece, Adaura, who passed away after her battle with DIPG, a terminal brain tumour, on July 1st, 2020, at age nine.

“DIPG is inoperable and incurable with 0 per cent survival rate; DIPG is the second most common malignant brain tumour in children and the leading cause of brain tumour deaths in children,” says Patterson.

Adaura’s family supports a national ePetition to declare May 17th National DIPG Awareness Day and is looking for as much support as they can get. Jacqueline and Michal Borkowski started the petition after their 4-year-old Isabelle passed away on December 16th, 2020, from DIPG.

“This petition has been supported by the Borkowski’s’ MP, Julie Dabrusin (Toronto-Danforth), and the Cayford’s have secured support from Prince George—Peace River—Northern Rockies MP, Bob Zimmer. Families across the country are working together to contact all 338 MP’s and collect as many signatures as possible before the petition closes on September 10, 2021″, says Patterson.

“We are asking Canadians to help us raise awareness of DIPG to increase funding and research efforts and honour the children and families who are victims of this terrible disease by wearing grey and gold and taking a few moments to sign the repetition.”

Anyone looking to sign to petition can click here.

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