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Grandad dies after numb hand turns out to be GBM
A heartbroken widow is sharing her story after her husband, whose only brain tumour symptom was a numb hand, died earlier this year.
Steve Dixon was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) in March 2019, after noticing tingling and numbness in his left hand. He underwent two surgeries, as well as radiotherapy and chemotherapy, but eventually treatment options ran out. Steve died on 9th January 2021, surrounded by his loved ones.
His wife Jane has channelled her loss into fundraising to help find a cure. Last year, she held a raffle to raise money for Brain Tumour Research and a collection at Steve’s funeral raised £561.
She said: “I have also set up a direct debit to make a regular donation to help this worthy cause. Through my own tragic experience, I became all too aware of the terrible statistics surrounding brain tumours. Steve was a fit and healthy man, who loved nothing more than a game of football or a round of golf. He didn’t smoke and only drank socially. He was the picture of good health. But this disease is indiscriminate. I want to do all I can to help ensure other families are not torn apart by a brain tumour diagnosis.”
Poignantly, Jane is also sharing Steve’s story during GBM Awareness Week. She is helping to highlight the devastating fact that treatment options for GBM are limited and currently, there is no cure.
If you have been touched by Steve’s story, please donate to support us as we work to get closer to a cure for GBM and all types of brain tumour.
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