IN OUR HEARTS... for these families, life will never be the same again


The diagnosis of a brain tumour is devastating for the patient, their family and friends. 

For these people life will never be the same again.

These very brave people will remain in our hearts for ever and it is because of them that we are fighting to find a cure so that no other family should have to suffer in the same way.

Please scroll to the end of this page for our tribute to Our Beloved Children.

Tony Anholt

Tony's marriage broke up because of his complete personality change.  Then he suffered what doctors thought was a stroke, but later turned out to be an inoperable brain tumour.  He died a horrible death 15 months later - Read Tony's Story...



Angus Anthony

Angus was a much loved husband and father of two boys.  He was diagnosed with a very rare and very aggressive cerebral lymphoma brain tumour about which almost nothing is known.  It was hoped that a stem cell transplant might give him an extra seven years, but unfortunately it didn’t work. Read Angus's story...



Phil Barnes

Phil was just 63 when he was diagnosed with a grade IV glioblastoma multiforme.  Less than a month later he was dead.  We never had any inkling that his condition was so serious. Read Phil's story...



Katherine Carnegie

Katherine was the much loved mother of Ella and Milo, who received the devastating news she had a grade four glioblastoma in 2004. After an exhausting battle with the disease and a worldwide search for effective treatment Katherine died on March 31st 2007. Read Katherine's story ...



Stephen Carroll

Steve was a devoted husband to Lina and father of three children - Kevin, James and Sarah - when he died of a brain tumour at the age of 59 in June 2012. - Read Stephen's story...



Mark Cogan

Mark fought and lost a 16 month battle with a brain tumour, leaving his extended family and many friends, particularly from his life as an outstanding martial artist, utterly devastated. Read Mark's story...



Phil Coles

Phil lived for seven years following the diagnosis of a brain tumour in 1998.  His illness was a long and difficult emotional journey for his close family - although he remained brave, stoical and accepting of his condition throughout - Read Phil's Story...



Carol Cooper

Carol was a much loved sister and daughter and mother of grown-up twin sons, Simon and Mark.   She had a really caring nature, so it was hardly surprising that for over 20 years she worked with the mentally ill.  But, at the age of 53, within the space of six short weeks, Carol was diagnosed with a brain tumour and passed away - Read Carol's Story...



Nick Cotton Foundation In Our Hearts Brain Tumour ResearchNick Cotton

Nick was a loving and intelligent man with a great sense of humour, who loved life.  He had only been married six months when he was diagnosed with an aggressive anaplastic oligodendroglioma brain tumour.  Less than 10 months later, at the age of 30, Nick passed away, having exhausted all known treatments. Read Nick’s story



Mike Dandy

Mike and Eithne were happily married for 31 years and had two children, Peter and Eleanor.  Mike had recently sold his company and they were looking forward to a long retirement together.  Then Mike was diagnosed with a grade IV astrocytoma and was given a prognosis of just eight weeks. Read Mike's story...



Pam Delome

Pam was the proud mother of four children, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  She used to go out to the US for six months over the winter every year to visit her sons and daughter who lived there and it was on one of these visits that her daughter first became aware of certain personality changes.  Eventually Pam was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme grade IV.  She passed away just over a year later in 2011 - Read Pam's Story...



Jack D'Lima

Jack was only a toddler when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour but, despite battling for his life for more than eight years, he lost the fight.  His parents feel consumed and suffocated by the emptiness they are left with, but they have to pick up the shattered pieces and rebuild their lives for the sake of their other two sons - Read Jack's Story...



Katrina Durham

Katrina was eventually diagnosed with an Astrocytoma grade III, having experienced seizures for several years – her consultant had been happy just to monitor her.  Eventually, however, despite a craniotomy and chemotherapy, Katrina succumbed to the tumour and passed away at the age of 43. Read Katrina's Story...



Valerie Emms

Valerie was a healthy, fit mother of four grown-up children, who enjoyed golf, gardening and walking her dog when she suddenly started to experience a range of symptoms.  Various doctors diagnosed stress and a trapped nerve, but two months later it was discovered that she had a grade IV glioblastoma multiforme.  Her daughter, Helen, was able to accept and come to terms with the fact that her mother was dying and help Valerie on her journey of letting go.

 

Here’s Valerie’s story…



Diana Ford

Our eldest daughter, Diana, was aged 42 and the mother of three young boys aged seven, five and two, when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2002.  She survived barely three weeks.  Her death inspired Sandy, my husband, to set up The Diana Ford Trust and to campaign for an alliance of brain tumour charities - Read Diana's Story...



Caroline Foster

For several months it was thought that Caroline was suffering with depression and then a breakdown.  Then, at only 38 years of age and with a two and a half year old daughter, Erin, Caroline was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour.  Just six weeks later she passed away leaving her family distraught and her little daughter without a Mummy. Read Caroline's story...



Bill Foulkes 

Bill was the most gorgeous, loving man you could ever wish to meet.  He was a wonderful husband and father.  He was passionate about his family, his business, golf and boating.  Bill’s life was cut short by a brain tumour.  He was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme and survived just 13 months – which was the worst case prognosis the surgeon gave us. Read Bill's story...



Mark Gash

Out of the blue, Mark had a fit one evening and, following a visit to his local hospital, was diagnosed with a brain tumour.  Just three and a half weeks later he passed away - Read Mark's Story...



Clive Gathercole

Clive Gathercole was diagnosed with a glioblastoma in 2011 and died just 18 months later, leaving behind his wife and four sons. Read Clive’s story as told by his wife Wendy…



Yashpal Gill

Yashpal Gill died of a brain tumour in 2002 after a very short illness - he was just 50.  He was a self-employed accountant and a very active man.  His death left his wife, Bali, and two sons devastated - Read Yashpal's Story...



Jeffrey Grey

Jeffrey was a loving father of two older children from a previous relationship and of our son, Christopher, aged 12, when he passed away aged 54, just nine months after diagnosis of a brain tumour.  By tragic coincidence, Jeffrey’s father had died of the same disease two years previously. Read Jeffrey’s story…



Maggie Harvey

Maggie was a woman who loved life, her job and her family and friends.  She had always lived life to the full until she was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme.   She and her family then felt like they had stepped onto a roller coaster, yet they were determined to make the most of the time Maggie had left - Read Maggie's Story...



Claire Hollister

My darling daughter, Claire, had her life cut short by a brain tumour - the very same disease which had killed my sister, Valerie, 10 years previously.  Claire was just 30years old when she passed away, just 14 months after diagnosis with a grade IV gliosarcoma - Read Claire's Story...



Neville Holt

Neville was a loving husband and proud father and grandfather of two sons, a daughter and four grandchildren.  Once his brain tumour was finally diagnosed, he survived barely another 14 weeks, yet his GP had insisted his symptoms were down to a mild stroke.  He was physically very fit, enjoyed his garden and walked regularly.  Read Neville's Story...



Danny Horton

My brother, Danny, was a healthy, sporty, fun-loving young man but in 2010 he passed away, aged 36, with an astrocytoma brain tumour. Just six months later in the same year, my wife, Maddie, lost her father to the same cruel disease. Read Danny's Story...
 



Anna Olivia Hughes

Anna was diagnosed with a brain tumour in February 2005.  For 15 months she spent every other week in hospital but sadly, Anna lost her battle and passed away aged 3 years and 8 months.  She was an inspiration to everyone she met and her parents set up the charity Anna's Hope to give future children a better chance of survival - Read Anna's Story...



Aaron Irvine

Aaron was first diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of two and a half, but not without his mother having to fight for six months to get doctors to take his symptoms seriously.  The operation and subsequent radiotherapy left him with lots of physical and educational disabilities, but he got on with life and never complained.  At the age of 29 his tumour came back – his mother (who has her own disabilities) had to fight to get any support for him.  Aaron passed away five months later in 2011. Read Aaron's story...



Louis Kenney

Louis passed away at the age of 13, having endured leukaemia, a crushed leg in an accident with a lorry and ultimately secondary brain cancer, when his family had to fight all the way to get the treatment he deserved. Throughout his short life, Louis was almost never without a smile or a joke.  He kept everyone strong when they were supposed to be keeping him strong.  Weeks before his family lost him, his baby brother Jesse was induced so that Louis could get to know him and hold him. Read Louis's story...



Abigail Lightbown

Abigail was a healthy and active girl who loved karate and crafts.  Then, aged nine, she was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumour.  Two years later, at just 11 years of age, she lost her courageous battle with brain cancer, leaving her parents, Bernie and Gary, and six-year-old brother Jack, broken hearted. Read Abigail's Story...



Mike Mason

Mike was a wonderful husband and family man with a great passion for football.  He was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme in 2007 and died just over two years later.  Read Mike's Story...



Ian Meek

 

In 1995 Ian was diagnosed with a brain tumour.  Married to Sally with three children, Ian counted himself one of the lucky ones because he survived so long.  In 2009 the tumour turned cancerous and he had to undergo an operation to remove part of it and then undergo a fairly intensive period of chemotherapy whilst training for the famous three peaks challenge, which became known as Meek’s Peaks.  Sadly Ian passed away on 1st August 2012 leaving a legacy of research at Leeds University having raised over £105,000.

Read his story and tribute from Carol Roberson Founder of BTRS…



Robin Menary

Robin was a strong, healthy, happy and very sporty 36 year old, looking forward to the birth of much longed for twins, when, without warning, he was diagnosed with a grade IV glioblastoma brain tumour - one of the deadliest forms of cancer. Only 17 months later, on 24th August 2011, Robin died aged just 38.
Read Robin's story...



Paul Mitchell

Paul was a loving husband and father of four year old John James when he was diagnosed with possible depression in 2001.  Instinctively his wife knew that this was not the correct diagnosis, but she never expected that the underlying cause of his illness was a brain tumour which was to take his life in just 18 months - Read Paul's Story...



Ng Tin Kau

Ray’s father was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme in 2007 and given a prognosis of just a few months, yet for nearly a year he defied the doctors’ predictions and made spectacular progress until the tumour returned with a vengeance and he lost his battle. - Read Ng Tin Kau's story... 



Donna Osborne

Donna was so many things: a beautiful daughter, a caring sister, a stunning bride, a wonderful wife, and a proud, protective and perfect Mum to our three children.  She was always smiling, always thinking of everyone but herself. She slipped away from us aged 43, less than five years after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. Throughout the darkest and hardest of journeys, Donna was grace personified. Read Donna's Story...



Jayendra V Patel

JV (as he was always known), found out he had a grade IV glioblastoma multiforme in his temporal lobe on his birthday and two weeks before his eldest daughter was due to get married.  Just over a year later, his immediate family were all present when JV died - Read JV's Story...



Ross Pearman

Ross was diagnosed with an Astrocytoma grade II at the age of 30 and had to give up work because of the many seizures he was experiencing.  He was cared for by his wife, Amanda, a trained nurse, as well as extended family, and kept positive by focusing on his two young children, but, at the age of 35, Ross lost his battle against his tumour, leaving his wife without a husband and two young sons – Phoenix, four, and Xavier, 17 months, without their father. Read Ross' story...

 



John Pettyfer

John was just 51 years old when his life was cut short by a glioblastoma multiforme, but right up to his last few days he continued to think of and care for his family and animals, rather than dwell on himself.  He was a very brave man who kept everyone entertained with wonderful anecdotes and his great sense of humour - Read John's Story...



Alison Phelan

Alison is the inspiration behind the charity Ali's Dream, (founder member of Brain Tumour Research) which was set up by her family and friends following her loss in June 2001, three weeks before her eighth birthday.  She had been diagnosed with a brain stem glioma in August 2000 - Read Ali's Story...



Aurora Provenzano

Aurora was just six years old with her whole life ahead of her when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.  She fought a brave battle for three and a half years, but sadly lost the fight and left her parents and two sisters, Isabella and Chiara with a huge hole in their family.  In February 2011 the family decided to set up a Brain Tumour Research Umbrella Group 4 Aurora - Read Aurora's Story...



Taylan Rawlinson

Taylan was an incredible boy who was sadly taken away from his family on 19th August 2009 at the age of just 7.  He was a special little star full of love, warmth, joy and laughter.  Just 10 months before he passed away, he was diagnosed with a rare form of brain tumour located in the brain stem.  In January 2010 his family set up a Brain Tumour Research Umbrella Group and founded Taylan's Project - Read Taylan's Story...



Levi Ringer

Levi enjoyed a normal six year old life until feeling unwell and complaining of headaches in December 2005.  Levi died in his mother's arms and surrounded by his loving and devastated family on 29th August 2006 at the age of just 6.  The charity Levi's Star was founded in his memory by his mum and grandma - Read Levi's Story...



Trudy Shingler

Trudy was a 35 year old forensic psychologist, a wife and mother of 3 year old Phoenix.  On 22nd  October 2010 Trudy was officially diagnosed as having a Glioma tumour (the specific type was an Anaplastic PXA Grade IV). Less than four months later she passed away - Read Trudy's Story...



Becky Speirs

Becky was a wife and mother of three children, aged 6, 10 and 11 when she died of a brain tumour at the age of 40.

Becky's husband Colin has set up the charity Headcase to raise funds for research into glioblastoma multiforme - Read Becky's Story...



Dean Wood

Dean was a healthy man who worked hard (up to 60 hours per week) as a builder, and then enjoyed a drink and playing pranks.  He loved his family and was very loyal to his friends – he had the same best friend since the age of seven.  When Dean was 27 he was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme grade IV which he fought with so much courage and his indomitable sense of humour; nevertheless he was cruelly taken from us just seven months later. Read Dean's story...

 

Dean's family have established an Umbrella Group, the Free Bird Trust in his memory.



Diane Wright

Diane lost her life to a brain tumour at the age of 59, having previously battled with breast cancer.  The tumour was so aggressive; Diane survived just eight weeks from diagnosis. 

Here is Diane's story...





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