Neil Peart Print (100% profit goes to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada)

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Neil Peart grew up in St. Catharines, the city I am from. He is undeniably one of the best drummers in the world. I remember being introduced to him first by my dad, who was a big fan like many others. It was very heartbreaking to hear of Neil's passing from brain cancer on January 7, 2020.

9 months prior to Neil's death, brain cancer entered into my own world when my fiancé, Andrew, was diagnosed with Oligodendroglioma, a rare brain cancer and less aggressive than Glioblastoma but incurable nonetheless.

It is quite shocking when brain cancer enters your life as most forms really have no cause or trigger and can just appear in anyone at anytime. Both Gord Downie and Neil Peart (and many others) have shown us that. There are many medical treatments and advancements but currently there still is no cure.

Something that has brought me so much hope is that a clinical trial completed just a couple years before Andrew's diagnosis doubled the prognosis of Oligodendroglioma patients, extending their median survival rate by 7 years.

Knowing and having been witness to the miracle and hope of these advancements gives me certainty without a doubt that there are more medical breakthroughs waiting to be discovered.

In memory and support of everyone who has ever been affected by a brain tumour I will continue to do my part in raising as much funds as I can to help build awareness and make these studies possible.

In March 2020 I was assigned a project in one of my Business Sales and Marketing classes at Niagara College. We were all given $5 and had one week (5 days) to use that $5 to raise as much money as we possible could. I saw this opportunity and with the help of a colleague and dear friend of mine, Alexander Miller, we decided to raise money for the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. I drew this portrait of Neil and we used our $5 to create prints and buy a reel of tickets to sell to raffle the original.

On our journey, Taco Embassy, in St. Catharines joined forces offering gift certificates to also be raffled off.

In total, we raised $1592 in that 5 days. It was exhilirating. Not only did we raise money but along the way we met many people who had also been touched by cancer or who had known Neil Peart personally and it was an all around amazing experience.

I have decided to always make this print available for sale. The proceeds to the sale of this print will always be donated in full to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.

There is a cure. I won't stop until we find it. Thank you for supporting us and I hope you enjoy your print!

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