National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £35 million a year
Brain Tumour Research appoints new Director of Fundraising
Brain Tumour Research is pleased to welcome Jason Rigby as Director of Fundraising and Supporter Care.
Jason has very personal reasons to join the fight to find a cure having lost his father and his brother to glioblastoma. His father Andrew Gardner died in June 2019 at the age of 73. He left his wife, Pat. Some 30 years earlier Patrick, Jason’s only sibling, was just 17 when he passed away having undergone surgery and treatment.
He said: “We all go through tragedy but I feel that this appointment gives me the opportunity of a lifetime to turn my experience into something positive and to make a difference to a cause that is so dear to my heart.”
“It seemed almost unbelievable for Dad to be diagnosed with the same type of tumour 30 years after my brother died. It’s hard to imagine the pain Mum has been through, having to bury her son and then losing her husband to the same disease when they should have been enjoying their well-earned retirement. Sadly, my family is not alone. Brain tumours are indiscriminate and can affect anyone at any age. I consider myself privileged to be able to work to help other families who have been affected and I look forward to making a difference in memory of my father and my brother and on behalf of the many, many others who have been touched by this cruel disease.”
Jason joins the charity having previously been Director of Fundraising and Communications with Children with Cancer UK.
We look forward to working with Jason as we continue to work towards finding a cure for this devastating disease.
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