National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £35 million a year
Grandma’s petition calls for research funding for childhood tumours
A fun-loving three-year-old who adored dinosaurs and story-time is the inspiration behind a petition calling for more funding for research into childhood cancers with the worst survival rates.
Logan Maclean died in October 2017, a year after he was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), the most deadly of all childhood cancers. His grandmother Fiona Govan is campaigning for change and her petition is gaining momentum. It has now exceeded 100,000 signatures which could lead to a debate in Parliament.
She said: “I was horrified to learn that so little was being done to make a difference for children with terminal brain tumours. There is not a parent or grandparent who wouldn’t take their child or grandchild’s tumour for them. I lost both my mum and dad to cancer but they were 85 and 75 and had led a good life, fulfilling their dreams. Their deaths were sad but not tragic. To lose a three-year-old in this way is obscene.”
She added: “I want there to be real change, bringing about improved and genuine treatments and ultimately cures for childhood cancers including DIPG.”
Brain Tumour Research is working with Fiona in order to raise awareness of the issues and encourage people to sign the petition. Her story has been covered the in media including today’s piece in the Glasgow Times and STV.
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