Brandon Straughan

Brandon Straughan

Born: July 17, 1991

  • Hometown: Caledon, Ontario
  • Year of Diagnosis: 1995
  • Diagnosis: Medulloblastoma

Why do you do what you do: I love to help people ether by helping people in their lives or by teaching people new skills. I love making people laugh cause after all laughter is the best medicine. There is nothing better than making someone’s day or making someone smile. Giving back to my community is also very important to me, if we all give back the world would be a better place.

What are some of your early memories about having cancer: I remember playing video games with another patient in the hospital, just having someone there to play around and laugh with was a great experience. I also remember sitting outside with my dad talking about what I wanted for Christmas that year it was a real bounding experience. I also remember the cafeteria at Sick Kids it was fantastic, I remember I got to eat all my favorites, I really got spoiled.

What are three good things that resulted from your diagnosis: Going through my treatment and being diagnosed really shaped me into who I am today. I’m a really passionate ambassador with Coast to Coast and that is mainly because of my diagnosis. Working with Coast to Coast and meeting all the amazing people that I get to they are all my second family, and I owe that to my diagnosis.

What are some of your side affects: Well I lost my hair when I was younger, I would have gone bald anyway so it was bound to happen sooner or later

What dreams and goals inspired you to: The most important goal to me is to give back, that’s why I got involved with Coast to Coast. No one should have to go through the same thing I did. We are trying to make it so that no parent should hear “your child has caner” and be afraid because no one should have to hear those words.

Why are you involved with Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation: I love Coast to Coast because it gives me the opportunity to back to children and their families living with and beyond cancer. I know firsthand how hard it can be and I want to do my part to make the journey easier. Coast to Coast is my second family and all the people that I get the pleasure of working with and meeting are all really awesome. I love Coast to Coast for giving me the opportunity.

What do you tell people about your diagnosis/treatment: When people complain about their life or their jobs, I tell them it could always be a lot worse. Everything could always be a lot worse, and that’s why I do what I do to make the journey easier.

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