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

Jane shares her volunteering story

This National Volunteers’ Week we’ve been saying thanks to the amazing people who give their time to support Brain Tumour Research.  

Among them is Jane Peers, who lost her husband to a brain tumour when he was just 41 years old.

Jane said: “Mark was diagnosed with a grade 3 astrocytoma in 1999 after experiencing terrible headaches, just two and a half years after we were married. We were told he had a survival prognosis of two years. Mark underwent a craniotomy to remove as much of the tumour as possible, as well as radiotherapy and chemotherapy. His tumour grew back three times and he had further chemotherapy treatment.

“In the end, Mark survived around seven and a half years from diagnosis, passing away in December 2006. He fought every step of the way and was very positive throughout, often saying: ‘If I can survive 10 years, I’m sure they will have found a cure’, but that didn’t happen and a cure still hasn’t been found.

“My life changed totally when Mark died.

“I started volunteering at Brain Tumour Research when I took early retirement four years ago.  It had always been in my retirement plan to enable me to help in some small way supporting research and ultimately finding a cure for this devastating disease. Primarily I send out merchandise to supporters who have ordered on eBay or are holding charity events and challenges to raise funds for much needed research. I also update supporter information. I find it so fulfilling and the team and my fellow volunteers are amazing; it feels like I am part of the Brain Tumour Research family.”

We are grateful for the amazing support and commitment of our volunteers not just in Volunteers’ Week but every day of every week.

If you would like to volunteer your time to help us get closer to a cure for brain tumours, please click here to find out more and register your interest.

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