National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £35 million a year
Fundraising Group helping find a cure in Dale’s memory
A woman who lost her husband nine months after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour has launched a Fundraising Group to help find a cure in his name.
Laura St Jude has set up the Dale Barclay Fund in memory of her musician husband who was diagnosed with a glioblastoma (GBM) in December 2017. He underwent surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy and was stable for a few months until an MRI scan revealed regrowth. Having been turned down for further surgery on the NHS, Dale had a craniotomy privately. Five days later, he suffered a seizure, lost consciousness and died of a cerebro-oedema on 25th September 2018, aged 32.
Laura and Dale met on the Glasgow music scene when Laura was 20 and Dale was 26. Dale was then the frontman and lead guitarist of the rock ‘n roll band The Amazing Snakeheads.
Laura says she has been “blessed with a whole new perspective on how fragile our time is” following the devastating loss of her husband. Alongside fundraising, she is raising vital awareness by bravely sharing her story on BBC Scotland and STV.
She added: “Having lived in isolation during the pandemic, apart from the company of a dog I welcomed into my life two years ago, I am now setting up the Dale Barclay Fund to help fund research that will move us forwards towards extending life for brain tumour patients and ultimately finding a cure.
“Before he died, Dale wrote and recorded a song called Wild at Heart, which I finished in his memory. I’ve released this track both digitally and on physical vinyl, with all profits going to Brain Tumour Research. We’ve sold 200 vinyl copies to date – just 100 more to go!”
You can purchase a copy of Wild at Heart here.
To donate to the Dale Barclay Fund, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thedalebarclayfund
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