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A minute’s silence to remember those lost

On Monday at 11am, researchers, supporters and the Brain Tumour Research team paused in a moment of reflection and to remember all those lost to this devastating disease.

A minute’s silence was held at the Brain Tumour Research Centres of Excellence at the University of Plymouth, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Imperial College. Floral tributes were laid at the foot of each of the Walls of Hope and a special poem was read out.

Our Member Charity, The Jane Packer Foundation, generously supported us, providing the wreaths laid at QMUL and Charing Cross Hospital. At the University of Plymouth, a beautiful wreath was provided by friend of Kathy Leonard, who lost her father Keith Sollick to a brain tumour in July 2019.

Our thanks go to the scientists who helped to facilitate this special moment. At Charing Cross, Lillie Pakzad-Shahabi, a Brain Tumour Research funded Neuro-Oncology Clinical Research Practitioner, oversaw the minute’s silence. At QMUL, proceedings were led by Dr Sara Badodi, a researcher funded by Peter and Jane Gardiner in memory of their son Ollie. At our University of Plymouth Centre, Dr Claudia Barros (pictured) led the research team in the moment of remembrance.

The Brain Tumour Research team observed the minute’s silence virtually. We were joined by a number of supporters who shared touching stories about their loved ones and their reasons for supporting our mission.

For all involved, this was a poignant moment; an opportunity for us to remember all of those lost to this devastating disease.

Thank you to everyone who joined us.

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