In 2004, an informal partnership of a number of UK brain tumour charities came together under the banner of the United Brain Tumour Campaign. These charities worked together raising awareness and to achieve a common goal to raise funds for research into the prevention and treatment of brain tumours, as well as ultimately finding a cure.
Each of the members was galvanised into action as a result of personal involvement with brain tumours, having realised that there is relatively little being done to support brain tumour patients or carers, or towards funding research into finding a cure, compared to other more high-profile cancers.
Today, Brain Tumour Research still supports and is supported by numerous official Member Charities from across the UK that are united with us under our national banner. We embrace these collaborations and welcome any and all new Member Charities.
Our collective voice carries greater weight in media coverage and adds weight to our political campaigning action. Our Member Charities are helping us build a game-changing network of world-class Research Centres of Excellence in the UK.
The William Low Trust
The Trust was launched by Helen and Craig on the second anniversary of losing their 17-year-old son, William, to a brain tumour. Will was riginally diagnosed with a cancerous medulloblastoma at just five years of age. Helen and Craig, along with their daughter Harriet, are supporting research into finding more effective treatments and ultimately a cure for brain tumours.
Will died on 11 August 2017. He and his family had endured the crushing revelation that his brain tumour had returned, when he was 13. Will underwent further surgery, chemo and radiotherapy, as well as a stem cell transplant. Sadly, aged 16, tumours developed on his spine, and Will reached the end of the road in terms of treatment. Amazingly, despite everything, including having to learn to use his left-hand after losing the use of his right, Will achieved good grades in all his GCSEs, not least an A* in Art, demonstrating his determination to get on with his life.
Helen Forbes-Low – firstname.lastname@example.org