Press Release: Calgary Girl Puts a Voice to Childhood Cancer

Press Release

Calgary Girl Puts a Voice to Childhood Cancer

A school community comes together in support of DIPG Cancer Awareness

What:     Connect Charter School in Calgary is hosting a Fundraiser and Awareness event ‘stay happy movie night’ (

This event is to raise awareness for DIPG Brain Cancer. It will be an Outdoor Movie with MerchandiseYYC Food Trucks, and a Silent Auction with proceeds going to DIPG Cancer Awareness, and to Help Natasha Fight Brain Cancer (

Who: On May 1st, 2015, Natasha Gould, a student in Grade 6 at Connect Charter School 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.

This event was the idea of the students of Connect Charter School, and is being planned and hosted by students at the school.

Connect Charter School
5915 Lewis Drive SW
Calgary (Lakeview Community)

Friday June 19, 2015 - 8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. MST

Tickets:             To purchase tickets go to (stay happy movie night)
                        Family: $25, Adult: $10, Child: $5 

Members of the media please contact Lesley King with any questions or requests.
Phone: 403-606-1939

About DIPG Brain Cancer

Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is a type of brain tumor found in the pons, part of the brainstem on the lower back of the brain, near the top of the spinal cord. DIPG primarily affects children, with most diagnoses occurring between 5 and 7 years of age. DIPG makes up 10-15% of all brain tumors in children, with about 100-150 new diagnoses per year in the United States and about 300 per year in all of North America and Europe. Unlike many other pediatric cancers, there has been little progress in improving treatments and cure rates for DIPG over the last few decades.  

About Natasha Gould

Natasha is a bright and brilliant 11-year old girl with a gift for connecting with people – but especially with children with cancer.

Since her diagnosis, she has been bravely and adeptly blogging and vlogging about her experience. Her blogs have put a voice to how it feels to be a kid with cancer – something no child has done before.

Through her website ( ) her blogs have garnered interest from around the world – including an invitation from the co-founder of www.thetruth365 to participate in a documentary on childhood cancer, and to speak at in September, 2015 in Washington DC. 



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