National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £35 million a year
Today our thoughts are with the family and friends of Sean Crossey as they mark the fifth anniversary of his death to a brain tumour.
Sean was diagnosed with a glioblastoma (GBM) in August 2016, aged 27, having experienced symptoms which included intermittent vomiting, dizziness and crippling headaches, as well as tingling down his left arm.
He underwent three brain surgeries, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but tragically Sean died on 19th September 2018, just three months after marrying his long-term partner, Laura. He was 29 years old.
A keen guitarist, Sean took part in our Great Guitar Challenge fundraiser in 2018. Following his death, Sean’s parents, Jo and Bernard, continued to support Brain Tumour Research, including by backing our 2021 petition and holding Host for Hope and Wear A Hat Day with Flowers events. Bernard organised and participated in a Coast to Coast walk from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire with others, carrying Sean’s ashes, which raised close to £15,500.
Earlier this year, Jo and Bernard attended a tour of our Centre of Excellence at Queen Mary University of London, which is leading the way in research into GBM, and placed tiles on the Wall of Hope in Sean’s memory. At the event, Bernard told us: “I hope the money raised is life-changing and will help make a difference for everyone going forward who has a brain tumour.”
We thank Jo and Bernard for their support over the years and we will be thinking of all those who knew and loved Sean on this most difficult of days. He remains in our hearts as we continue our fight to find a cure for brain tumours.
To make a donation in Sean’s memory, please click here and share your reason as Sean Crossey.
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