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Penny & Pound Theatre Productions is pleased to present SMALL BLESSINGS, A COLLECTION OF WRITTEN WORKS BY JOSEPH DISTEL in honour of Brain Tumour Awareness Month. 

In 2016, avid Penny & Pound supporter, Joseph Distel, succumbed to a Grade Four Glioblastoma, leaving behind an array of colourful written works, yet to be published. 
Compiled and adapted for audio theatre by his wife, P&P founder Lori Robinson Distel, and eldest daughter (and frequent performer) Piper J. Distel, SMALL BLESSINGS tells an arrangement of unique stories about the joys and sorrows of both life and death. 

This online event is free to watch on Facebook and YouTube. A donation to The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is encouraged! 


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WRITTEN WORKS by Joseph Distel

DIRECTED by Lori Robinson Distel and Piper J. Distel

Arthur G. Brook 
Rob Curwain
Eliza Distel
Piper J. Distel
Danielle Dunn
Hannah Dunn
Cullen-McArthur Jackson 
Cris Kelland 
Sydney Schott
Marley Sullivan
Drake Tucker
Justin Vollrath 
Jeremy Vandenhelm 

Devlin Bishop 
Lori Robinson Distel 
Corina Dunn



SATURDAY, MAY 29th beginning at 7pm. 



  • It is estimated that 55,000 Canadians are surviving with a brain tumour.

  • There are over 120 different types of brain tumours, making effective treatment very complicated.

  • 23.5 new cases of primary brain tumours were estimated per 100,000 population per year (using data from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario).

  • In the first year after diagnosis it is estimated the average patient will make 52 visits to their health care team (could include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, blood work etc.).

  • A brain tumour is a growth of abnormal cells that are either within or around the structure of the brain.

  • Non-malignant tumours account for almost two thirds of all primary brain tumours.

  • The most common type of primary malignant brain tumour is glioblastoma. Average survival, even with aggressive treatment, is less than one year.

  • Metastatic brain tumours occur at some point in 20-40% of people with cancer. The incidence of metastatic brain tumours is increasing as cancer patients live longer.

  • Brain tumours are the leading cause of solid cancer death in children under the age of 20, now surpassing acute lymphoblastic leukemia. They are the third leading cause of solid cancer death in young adults ages 20-39.

  • Because brain tumours are located at the control centre for thought, emotion, and movement, they can dramatically affect an individual’s physical and cognitive abilities and quality of life.

  • Brain tumours in children are different from those in adults and are often treated differently. Although as many as 60% of children with brain tumours will survive, they are often left with long-term side effects.

  • Enhancing the quality of life for people with brain tumours requires access to quality specialty care, clinical trials, follow-up care and rehabilitative services.

  • In May 2019, the Brain Tumour Registry of Canada was launched. Accurate data will help researchers understand the disease and improve treatment for those affected.

- The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada ( 

The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada: 

  • General Donation

  • Monthly Gift – Support Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada all year long

  • In Honour Gift – Celebrate an event, or loved one, with an In Honour donation

  • In Memory Gift – Pay tribute to a loved one with an In Memory donation

  • Special Occasion Giving – Donate in recognition of a wedding, anniversary, or other celebration

  • Donate a Car – Donate your used vehicle to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

  • Join a Brain Tumour Walk – Events run across Canada in May and June

  • Host a Community Event – Organize and host an event in your community with proceeds designated to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

  • Gift of Securities – Make a gift of stocks, bonds, or mutual funds and benefit from tax savings

  • Corporate Giving – Partner with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada to foster your Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Employer Matching Gift – Double your donation through your employers matching gift program.

  • Legacy Giving – Make a bequest in your will or other planned gift through your estate

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