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

Remembering Sue 10 years on - the inspiration for our Member Charity In Sue’s Name

Today on the 10th anniversary of her untimely death from a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumour, we are thinking of the family of Sue Blasotta.

In 2014, Sue’s dad David Taylor set up a charity to raise awareness, funds and support for anyone suffering from the effects of brain tumours. In Sue’s Name became a Member Charity of Brain Tumour Research in 2017 with a target to raise £1 million by 2027 to support research at our Centre of Excellence within Queen Mary University of London.

With incredible support from their North London community, already £282,000 has been raised. Sue’s parents David and Kathleen count so many other families who have lost loved ones to this cruel disease amongst the friends of In Sue’s Name. These vital funds have sponsored the equivalent of 102 days of research, helping scientists in their work to find a cure.

Sue Blasotta, a mum of two young children, died aged 42, just six weeks after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. When she was being treated in hospital, two other members of her Catholic parish were also there due to brain tumours. One died aged 34, the other aged 42.

In her last days, Sue’s most worrying thought was how her family would cope when she had gone. She said: “I have got the easy job as I am going to die and you have got the hard job, carrying on without me.”

Sue was a dedicated fundraiser herself and completed five sponsored runs and a charity skydive.

Sue’s family will be remembering her today and can truly be proud of how they have continued her wonderful legacy.

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