January 6, 2015 6:26 pm

Friends rally for Island mother of 3 diagnosed with brain cancer

Sunday Dennis is heading down to UCLA on Tuesday.


VANCOUVER – Friends and family are rallying around a Vancouver Island woman who was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer on New Year’s Eve.

Sunday Dennis, who lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and three children, has been diagnosed with Glioblastoma, an aggressive and very common form of brain cancer.

“There’s moments where I feel really strong and really good,” said Dennis. “And of course, there’s moments where I feel really terrified and there’s moments of the unknown.”

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With limited resources available in Canada to Sunday, she contacted her friend Stephen Western, who lives in the U.S., and who studies brain tumours. He told her about a clinical study being done at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and found Dennis would be a candidate if she has her tumour removed by the doctor in the U.S. running the study.

Less than a week after Dennis’ diagnosis, she and her husband are on their way to Los Angeles to undergo the surgery and join the trial. However, the surgery is not covered and they are trying to raise $300,000 to cover the cost of treatment. Through the fundraising page, they have already raised more than $110,000 CAD in just a few days.

“I can feel the love through the air,” said Dennis, of the generosity of her family and friends and strangers. “With the terribleness of it all, there have been so many gifts and pathways.”

Dennis will be coming back to Canada to undergo radiation and chemotherapy and you can follow her journey on the Facebook page Love and Bright Light for Sunday Dennis.

“I’m just trying to stay in a positive light,” she said. “The only thing worse is that it would be my child.”

To donate to help Sunday Dennis you can do so through the fundraising page.

A video of Dennis made by her daughter three years ago:

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