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Patient Representative: Catherine Wreford

Supporting the Brain Cancer Disease Site Committee

Resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba | A CCTG Patient Representative since 2023


"We need to find new ways to treat cancer and for me, knowing that my participation in a clinical trial could help others and that the research has the potential to also help me as well is a win. Being a Patient Representative gives me a voice in the development of clinical trials it means I can be heard and my experiences as a patient shared - having survived my own expiration date I know what it feels like to want to find something new in the cancer fight that could help others."

Catherine Wreford is a professional dancer and actress who was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. In 2013, a little over a month after giving birth to her second child, Catherine was diagnosed with incurable aplastic astrocytoma (a malignant brain tumour). She was given 2-6 years to live and her treatment consisted of a craniotomy, radiation and four kinds of chemo. Almost 10 years later she has outlived her initial prognosis and she wants to live longer!

Catherine with her best friend Craig were the most recent winners of the Amazing Race Canada. Their goal was to show Catherine’s children how strong, determined, and courageous their mother was during her cancer battle.Her passion for performing was recognized at the age of 3 when she learned how to roll out of a handstand with professional flair! Catherine trained from then on at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. She performed at the Stratford Festival at the age of 18 then on Broadway in numerous shows for many years, danced on the Tony Awards twice and filmed movies in Los Angeles. Catherine is a woman of many talents, having also run a mortgage company in Los Angeles and trained as a nurse.