National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £35 million a year
Two bereaved mums take on Walk of Hope
Two grieving mothers who lost their children to glioblastoma (GBM) brain tumours, will lead a Walk of Hope in Luton, Bedfordshire, in their memory.
Amani Liaquat, a Masters student and first-class honours law graduate, was 23 years old when she died in February this year, 22 months after being diagnosed with a glioblastoma.
George Fox, known by many as Gorgeous George, died in April aged 13, 11 months after being diagnosed with the same aggressive form of brain tumour.
Last year at Luton’s first ever Walk of Hope, Amani gave an impassioned speech at the start line about the lack of funding for brain cancer in which she asked: “Is my life not worthy of saving?”
The successful event raised an impressive £13,754 for vital research and this year’s follow-up event will see the families of Amani and George, both staunch Brain Tumour Research campaigners, come together inspired by these two young people whose lives were cut devastatingly short by brain tumours.
This year’s walk will begin at 1.30pm on Sunday 25 September in the town’s Wardown Park with routes ranging from 1km to 5km. Walkers are encouraged to wear something purple in memory of Amani and red to honour George.
George’s mum, Louise Fox said: “We would urge everyone to come together to raise as much money as possible for research so that other families don’t have to face life without their loved ones.”
Amani’s mum, Yasmin Stannard said: “Brain cancer patients deserve the same chance of life as other cancer patients.”
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