About Us

Brain cancer is currently the second most common cause of cancer death among older adolescents and young adults aged 15–29 years. Most adults with a diagnosis of aggressive glioblastoma survive only 1–2 years after their diagnosis. Sadly, brain cancer is one of the most underfunded types of cancers and is the reason why prognoses remain poor.

That is why Brain Matters Brain Cancer Charity is committed to filling the gap between breakthrough technology and treatments, and allowing brain cancer survivors to have a more optimistic prognosis.

Proud to be volunteer-based, we direct 100% of our net proceeds to our donor hospitals. With the generous support of our donors and volunteers, we’re here to create a community of hope. Our goal is to bring hope to people affected by brain cancer, showing them we strongly believe a future without Brain Cancer is possible.

Donor Impact

Every day approximately 27 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour. For many types of brain cancer, there's still no cure. We are here to change that.

Brain Matters advancing the work of Dr. James Perry

Support from the Brain Matters Brain Cancer Charity is advancing the work of neuro-oncologist Dr. James Perry, who is developing promising new treatments for glioblastoma. This is the most common and most aggressive form of brain tumour, and current therapies are insufficient. Researchers at Sunnybrook and beyond are working hard to find better treatments for glioblastoma, including Dr. Perry. He is the Chairman of the Canadian Brain Tumor Consortium, which recently participated in a promising new trial testing a gene therapy platform developed by Tocagen Inc. This technology involves the surgical placement of a modified virus (TOCA FC) into a brain tumour, which allows its cells to absorb a type of chemotherapy that otherwise cannot penetrate the brain.

An investment from the Brain Matters Brain Cancer Charity enabled Dr. Perry to purchase an MRI coil to adapt Sunnybrook’s existing MRI technology for future brain tumour research and analysis.

By supporting Dr. Perry’s research, the Brain Matters Brain Cancer Charity has had a notable impact on his work. Your gift will ensure this momentum continues unabated in the months ahead

Supporting Dr. Michael Cusimano's work in neurosurgery and glioma brain tumours.

Dr. Cusimano is dedicated to improving the health outcomes and saving the lives of patients who are affiliated with glioma brain tumours. Brain Matters has helped advance Dr. Cusimano and his team with the latest, cutting-edge surgical technology. Proceeds from 2019 will go towards purchasing a new stereotactic system. Stereotactic machines are three dimensional coordination systems that make it possible for surgeons like Dr. Cusimano to locate the smallest targets in the brain and perform minimally invasive surgeries. This technology will not enable our neurosurgeons to locate the tiniest tumours with the greatest precision possible but it will also allow them to remove them safely and effectively - thus dramatically improving the health outcomes of patients.

Fundraising Goals

Last year we donated $250,000K to two of Canada’s top hospitals pioneering what could be the next breakthrough in curing or managing brain cancer. This year, with your support, our goals remain ambitious. Proceeds will help us continue the fight against brain cancer with groundbreaking advances, potentially changing the way brain cancer patients are treated in the future. This year we will continue to support Dr. Michael Cusimano by helping to fund projects such as Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy (LITT) and Dr. James Perry, world renowned neuro-oncologist in his development of promising new treatments for glioblastoma.

Be a part of something that matters.

Why Brain Cancer Needs Your Support


Brain cancer does not discriminate. Every day, 27 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour, and there are more than 120 different types.


Most drugs, including many chemotherapies, can’t efficiently enter the brain to target tumours due to the “blood-brain barrier”. This means researchers and doctors are still searching to find effective treatments.


Brain tumours can have life-altering physical, cognitive, and psychological impacts on a patient’s life.


Even a benign brain tumour can be deadly if it interferes with parts of the brain responsible for vital bodily functions.


Brain tumours can rarely be completely removed during surgery due to impact on other parts of the brain.


Brain Tumour Awareness Month 2020: Prof Antonio Di Ieva

May 21st, 2020

Professor Antonio Di Ieva predicts and hopes that brain cancer will be a manageable chronic disease “much like diabetes” by 2030, and patients will have a vastly improved quality of life.

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New Hope for Hardest-to-Treat Brain Cancer

April 19th, 2019

Canadian researchers have identified genes in brain cancer stem cells that fuel the growth and survival of glioblastoma in hopes their data will be mined to develop treatments targeting an aggressive tumour that claimed the life of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie.

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Uncertainty Drives Innovation in Brain Tumours

August 15th, 2017

Dr. Adrienne Weeks discusses the life-altering effects of a malignant brain tumour, glioblastoma multiforme. She explains some of the research being done by her lab in hopes for a more promising future for brain tumour patients.


Gord Downie Describes
Cancer's Impact

October 12th, 2016

Gord Downie describes the impact of brain cancer, including memory loss.


Who We Are

Proud to be volunteer-based, we direct 100% of our net proceeds to supporting brain cancer research. Together, our goal is to bring hope to patients and their families affected by brain cancer.

Board of Directors

Angela Scalisi

Angela Scalisi


Finding a cure for brain cancer is a personal matter for Angela. Currently the owner of Brand Parlour, a graphic design and web studio based in Toronto, Angela brings experience in business marketing management, communications, and
design to Brain Matters.

Carlos Pimentel

Carlos Pimentel


Carlos joined Brain Matters after he lost his brother to glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). He hopes to help bring hope to other families who are faced with this devastating disease and ultimately help find a cure. Carlos works for Local 27
Carpenters Union.

Bruno Consulo

Bruno Cunsolo


Bruno joined Brain Matters to help change the perception around brain cancer and raise funds for breakthrough research. With over 15 years of experience in the banking, Bruno helps with Brain Matter’s finances and strategic planning.

Ronald Davidzon

Ronald Davidzon


Ronald’s life was irreversibly changed at a young age when he lost his mother to cancer. He became involved in Brain Matters because he appreciates that 100% of the charity’s proceeds go directly to supporting brain cancer research. Ronald is a lawyer at Davidzon Law.



Catherine Fels-Smith

Catherine Fels-Smith

Anthony Georgi

Anthony Georgi

Dan Patel

Dan Patel

Dan Kochanowski

Dan Kochanowski



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