How CureFest Came To Canada

Left to Right: Natasha, Saskia, Liam, and Bill Gould.

Left to Right: Natasha, Saskia, Liam, and Bill Gould.

 

On May 1st, 2015 Natasha Rose Gould was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas (DIPG) a highly aggressive and difficult to treat brain tumor found at the base of the brain, mostly in children. Natasha passed away on August 4th, 2016, 15 months after her diagnosis.

At the 2015 Curefest in Washington, cancer fighter Natasha was a guest speaker. In the days following, Natasha made many media appearances. A month later, Natasha was invited to co-host a Curefest follow-up event in front of the White House, resulting in more media exposure.

To learn more about Natasha's journey, go to www.prayfornatasha.ca

Childhood cancer is dramatically underfunded. Yes, fewer children get cancer compared to adults. But the loss of potential life years along with the high incidence of secondary cancer and other severe ailments caused by initial cancer treatments demand that more must be done. Pediatric cancer research by pharmaceutical companies is not a profitable business plan. In the US, where by far the bulk of research occures, less than 4% of health research funds from government are aimed at pediatric cancer.  In Canada, we have recently reached 5%.

In honour of Natasha, Curefest was first held in Canada on September 18, 2016 at North Glenmore Park in Calgary.