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Charity concert inspired by brain tumour Ironman

A concert is being held at the Hard Rock Café in Glasgow in memory of a dad-of-two.

The event, taking place on Friday 11th November, will see some of Glasgow’s musical talent take to the stage for an evening of entertainment raising funds for Brain Tumour Research. It’s inspired by Craig Johnston, who was just 34 when he died from the disease.

Craig was diagnosed with a brain tumour in July 2018 and underwent surgery to remove the tumour – which was confirmed to be a grade 3 astrocytoma – followed by radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

After an MRI scan at the start of 2020 showed the tumour had grown, Craig had a second surgery and chemotherapy. Incredibly, just months after he finished treatment, in July 2021, he took part in an Ironman UK event, raising more than £3,500 for Brain Tumour Research.

In September 2021, a scan revealed further regrowth and Craig needed a third operation. He was given the devastating news that the tumour had progressed to a glioblastoma (GBM), carrying with it a terminal prognosis. Craig died on 10th November 2021.

A year on, the charity concert is raising vital funds to help find a cure in Craig’s memory. It’s organised by his dad Alan’s best friend of 50 years, Bill Stewart, and Alan’s school friends, Midge Peebles and Stuart McKay.

Alan said: “Craig was such a friendly, open and honest family man. He was also a very good guitar player and loved rock music so this concert is a fitting way to celebrate Craig’s life and raise much-needed money for Brain Tumour Research.”

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To donate to Brain Tumour Research inspired by Craig’s story, please click here and include ‘Craig Johnston’ as your reason in the comments box.

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