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

Midway through marathon in May challenge

As we reach the midway mark of our Jog 26.2 Miles in May challenge, Brain Tumour Research supporters have been sharing their stories as they lace up to help find a cure.

Amongst the stories is a woman who’s aiming to go as far as she can inspired by her sister-in-law, a Tom Parker fan who has vowed to continue his legacy, and a mum whose seven-year-old son survived the disease.

Emma Elliott was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) in July last year and underwent surgery, followed by radiotherapy and is starting six months of chemotherapy. Motivated by her brain tumour battle, Emma’s sister-in-law Teresa Thorius (pictured) is aiming to raise as much as possible.

The Wanted fan, Kayleigh Henshaw, who received a surprise visit from the boyband at her 18th birthday party, says Jog 26.2 Miles in May “is definitely a challenge” but she’s taking part to continue Tom Parker’s legacy. She said “I’m determined and want to raise as much money as possible. I’m trying to do what he would be doing if he was still here, raising money and awareness for brain tumour research.”

Sally Hornby is taking on the challenge inspired by her son Riley, who was diagnosed with an astrocytoma in December 2019, aged five. Sally, who is close to reaching her fundraising target, said: “You never think that something like this will happen to your child. The statistics on brain tumours are so scary but so little is known about them. I feel really passionately about this because there is such a lack of awareness of this devastating disease.”

Good luck to everyone completing the rest of your Jog 26.2 Miles in May!

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