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Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer

Personal Tribute for Brain Tumour Awareness Month

by Elise O'Kelly

A Plymouth businesswoman has created a floral tribute to be placed to mark a one minute silence held to remember those lost to brain tumours, at 11am today. Wendy Jordan designed and produced a loosely gathered wreath of fresh flowers and will be laid during a ceremony at Plymouth University to mark the start of National Brain Tumour Awareness month today. Wendy’s mum, Susan Flower, passed away 14 years ago just weeks after being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour. She was 54 and had lived in Plymouth all her life.

Former nurse Wendy, 46, who now runs Country Garden Florist in Plymouth market, said: “It may be more than ten years since I lost my dear mum but I still think of her and miss her every day. If she could see me today I hope she would be proud to think she is being remembered in this way, in fact I think she would be over the moon.” 

The one minute silence will be observed by scientists and researchers from the Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence at Plymouth University where Prof Oliver Hanemann and his team are focusing on low-grade tumours.