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

Brain Tumour Research in the headlines

by Lizzie Massey

    At just eight years old Isaiah Jarrett was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, in The Sun (pictured right).

    Our team of marathon runners, soap legend Danny Dyer and the moving case of a boy who died after his symptoms were misdiagnosed, are among supporter stories which kept our cause in the headlines this January.

    Among hundreds of people taking part in our 10,000 Steps a Day in February Challenge is Dena who bravely shared the story of her family tragedy in national titles The Sun, The Mirror, and The Independent.

    Her son Isaiah was just eight when he was diagnosed with medulloblastoma. His mum worked with us to raise awareness and spoke out about how she had to push for a diagnosis after being told repeatedly he had gastroenteritis.

    Despite surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Isaiah died in July 2022.

    Isaiah died in July 2022, in The Mirror

    January also saw dozens of stories about our London Marathon runners, including Mary Fitzpatrick-Greening, who was featured on BBC News.

    Mary Fitzpatrick-Greening is motivated by her friend Abi Smith on the BBC

    The 28-year-old from London is fundraising to help find a cure for brain cancer, inspired by her best friend Abi Smith, from Birmingham, who she has known since they were 11.

    In 2019, doctors discovered Abi had a brain tumour after she suffered severe double vision.

    Another inspirational runner, Matthew Stride, featured in The Independent and the Metro.

    Matthew Stride in The Independent

    Matthew was just 26 when he was given the crushing news that he has an incurable high grade brain tumour.

    He was given five years to live in 2015, but has outlived his prognosis by two years and is now taking on a marathon for the charity.

    Matthew has an incredibly positive outlook, and is hoping to have children in the future with his wife, Amy.

    Celebrities turned out for the charity match in memory of Ethan, in Daily Mail

    Also this month celebrities gathered for a charity football match in memory of teenager Ethan Treharne, which was covered in the Daily Mail, as well as ITV evening news and on ITV Online.

    EastEnders cast members turned out, including Danny Dyer and Danielle Harold, as well as singer-songwriter James Arthur and TOWIE star Dan Osborne.

    Ethan died of a glioblastoma, and match-day would have been his 19th birthday.

    About £15,000 was raised for Brain Tumour Research and Ethan’s mum Nikki said she was “overwhelmed” by the support from all the celebs.

    Ethan’s charity match was on regional ITV news as well as on the website

    We’re already looking forward to sharing our February highlights with you. The month is off to a great start with 10k steps challenge ongoing until 28th February.

    We also have Brain Tumour Awareness Month and Wear A Hat Day to look forward to, this year’s theme is to look super for science. You can get involved by wearing your own hat and donating, or setting up an event with a group of people – register today by clicking here.

    We are grateful to all the supporters who work with Brain Tumour Research to help raise awareness of this devastating disease. If you would like to share your story, please contact our dedicated PR team to see how we may be able to help:

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