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National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £30-35 million a year

Tens of thousands donated to help find a cure

A couple who set up a charity after losing their son just five months after diagnosis with an astrocytoma brain tumour, which quickly upgraded to being an aggressive glioblastoma multiforme, have made a donation of £25,000 to help find a cure.

This awesome sum will fund the equivalent of nine days of research at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the family will be invited to tour the lab at QMUL and meet researchers specialising in discovering how brain tumours develop and behave, which in turn informs the development of new treatment strategies for both adult and paediatric brain tumours. They will also place nine tiles on the Wall of Hope in memory of their son Finnbar.

Lead researcher at QMUL, Prof Silvia Marino, said: “This donation from Finnbar’s Force will help move results from ‘bench to bedside’ in the shortest possible time for the greatest benefit of patients.”

Finnbar’s Force is a Member Charity of Brain Tumour Research. Dad, Tristan Cork, said: “From the moment Finnbar became poorly, our lives completely stopped and the time since has been unbearable. But we are left determined to see something good happen in Finnbar’s name and memory.

“We hope that we can use our experience to make things better for other families that find themselves going through similar, heart-breaking situations, and ultimately to bring about an end to the evil of childhood brain tumours.”

Brain Tumour Research is indebted to Finnbar’s Force and the Cork family for their incredible support in funding the fight against brain tumours. Together we will find a cure and keep Finnbar forever in our hearts.

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