Brandon Straughan

Brandon Straughan

Born: July 17, 1991

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

Some facts about my treatment:  

I was treated with radiation and 7 cycles of chemotherapy

What I want people to know about me:

I want people to know that I try to be a mentor, someone who others can look up to and relate too.

I am involved with Coast to Coast because:

I got involved with Coast to Coast in high school because I just fell in love with what the foundation stands for. Being a childhood cancer survivor, I wanted to give back. To make the road a little easier for other kids and their families going through the process. I feel like the foundation is my second family, everyone that I’ve had the privilege of meeting, and volunteering with are all so nice.

The worst thing about having cancer

I don’t remember a whole about my treatment, but I do remember being weak. I also remember the constant meddles and testing.

My message to other kids undergoing treatment 

My message I want other kids to know is that all you’re never alone you have family and friends cheering for you every step of the way. It may seem hard but your journey will make you a better person. I know that my journey has made me a better person.

My Hero is.. 

My hero is Terry Fox. He stood up for what he believed in and many of us are here today because of him. He is one of the reasons why I’m so passionate about this cause. I wish I could of meet him and perhaps one day I’ll pay my respects.


Our Featured Ambassador

This is Josh Nelson – a childhood cancer survivor. He knows about facing all the challenges of childhood cancer:

“I know first-hand how it feels to be a prisoner in the hospital and endure the surgeries and the endless needles and treatments. I know how it feels to lose my hair, throw up regularly and watch other kids around me earn their wings. I lost a part of my childhood that I will never get back. I know how it feels to look different and to be different. That’s something that I wouldn’t wish for any other kid to go through, and that is why I do what I do.”

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