National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £35 million a year
Mums taking steps to find a cure
As we approach the halfway point of 10,000 Steps a Day in February, we are proud to share that the challenge has raised more than £100,000 so far!
Amongst the amazing supporters getting involved are a devoted mum, a patient whose brain tumour has returned and a woman surviving against the odds.
Mum-of-three Shelley Stoner (pictured) is taking part inspired by her daughter Millie, 17, who was diagnosed with a high-grade medulloblastoma in March 2022. Millie has had surgery and proton beam therapy and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
Shelley said: “If Millie’s story can prevent someone else from suffering the same catastrophic damage she has then that’s something positive to come out of this. So much more can be done to change the outcome for other people’s futures and, ultimately, this comes down to research, which is why I support Brain Tumour Research and am taking part in this challenge.”
After receiving the devastating news that her tumour has returned after nearly 20 years, Emma Fox says she will “do anything” to find a cure for the disease. Emma was first diagnosed with an oligodendroglioma when she was 17.
She said: “For years I’ve kept my story to myself, and I’ve never complained about being ill or how I still suffer from the side effects of living with a brain tumour; but then I never realised how little funding brain tumour research receives. It’s the biggest cancer killer of under 40s which is a scary statistic.”
Nine years on from her diagnosis with a glioblastoma (GBM), Suzanne Davies is defying the odds and says she feels “proud to be alive”. The mum-of-two underwent surgery, followed by radiotherapy and chemotherapy, and thankfully her most recent scan in December 2022 was stable.
“To be able to see the kids growing up and being with my husband Owen, how could I not be happy? I get frustrated there isn’t currently a cure for brain tumours. More money is needed so more research can be done,” added Suzanne.
- Millie’s story
- Emma’s story in the North Wales Chronicle
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