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Judith’s legacy supporting vital research

A man whose wife died from a brain tumour just days before Christmas has donated the remainder of her pension to fund vital research to help find a cure.

Judith Todd was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) in 2016 and underwent three debulking operations, as well as chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Sadly, the mother-of-three suffered a stroke during her last surgery on Valentine’s Day 2020 which left her paralysed down her left-hand side and, due to COVID-19 restrictions, was forced to spend much of her initial three-month recovery in medical facilities alone.

Judith was reunited with David, her childhood sweetheart and husband of 39 years, for seven months before she passed away on 22nd December 2020, aged 61.

David said: “People deal with grief in different ways but we’re determined to live life as best we can because it’s what she would have wanted. She always took life as it came and made the most of it.”

David has made a significant donation to Brain Tumour Research, with £18,000 coming from the remainder of Judith’s pension and thousands of pounds more from contributions made at her funeral, as well as his involvement in our Walk of Hope.

He added: “Luckily I’m retired, I’ve got a good pension and don’t need the money, so I thought giving it to Brain Tumour Research would be a better use of it.

“I was attracted to the research element of the charity because of Judith’s scientific background and I think knowing it’s not one of the bigger cancer charities appealed because I know how underfunded brain tumour research is.”

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