National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £35 million a year
Supporters’ leap of faith to find cure for brain tumours
We’re wishing good luck to all the Brain Tumour Research supporters who will take to the skies tomorrow (Saturday 10th June) to help find a cure for the disease.
Our Jump for Hope will see supporters leap from 10,000ft at locations across the UK. Amongst those braving this freefall fundraising is Chloe Davies, who is jumping in memory of her best friend’s son, Riley Gregersen.
Riley was diagnosed with a glioblastoma (GBM) in January 2020, after suffering a seizure at his after-school club. He had debulking surgery which removed almost half the tumour, followed by intensive radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Devastatingly, a few months later, the tumour returned and an MRI scan confirmed four new tumours on Riley’s spine. Despite raising tens of thousands of pounds for private treatment in Germany, he was too poorly to travel. Riley died on 31st August 2021, aged nine.
Chloe, who became best friends with Riley’s mum, Gemma, after the pair worked together four years ago, said: “Gemma is one of the strongest people I know. The strength she showed during Riley’s diagnosis and that she continues to show now, fighting to find a cure – she is a force.”
Last year, Chloe took part in our 10,000 Steps a Day in February challenge. She is now taking her fundraising to new heights, having already raised more than £500. To support Chloe’s efforts, please donate via her JustGiving page here.
She added: “When Gem saw there was a skydive she mentioned it to me but said how much she’s scared of heights so I volunteered to do it for her. She said she’ll meet me at the bottom and I can’t wait to go and do it.”
Good luck to everyone taking on our Jump for Hope tomorrow! We hope you enjoy your epic challenge for Brain Tumour Research.
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