National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £35 million a year
Mums raising awareness in the media
Two mothers whose families have been devastated by a brain tumour diagnosis have been sharing their stories to help raise awareness of the disease.
When 12-year-old George Fox started suffering with headaches, his mum Louise knew something was wrong. After he was diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), his family discovered how limited treatments options are in the UK. They are now crowdfunding to raise up to £500,000 to fund pioneering treatment abroad and have shared George’s story in the Metro, as well as across the country on regional news websites.
Louise, pictured with George, said: “We have been blown away by the generosity of friends, family and complete strangers. We are also so grateful to the charity Brain Tumour Research for helping us raise awareness and for their work to find more effective treatments and ultimately a cure so families in the future won’t have to look abroad for help, like ours.”
Elaine Paterson has been helping to raise awareness, sharing how her daughter Katie, eight, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Katie, pictured below with Elaine and dad Graham, underwent surgery to remove the medulloblastoma, followed by radiotherapy and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Her story has been shared in The Mirror, Daily Record and on STV.
Elaine said: “I’ve done a lot of my own research into the disease and was shocked to discover the lack of funding into brain tumours compared to other cancers. I signed the Brain Tumour Research petition and have encouraged everyone I know to do the same. I have to do everything I can to ensure Katie and other young brain tumour patients like my daughter have the bright futures they deserve.”
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