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Less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years

Brain tumour diagnosis inspires husband’s marathon challenge

Brain tumour diagnosis inspires husband’s marathon challenge

A man whose wife is living with a rare type of brain tumour is taking on the challenge of running the London Marathon to raise funds for research into the disease.

Wayne Goodge, who lives and works in Grantham, has already raised more than £1,000 and is hoping to reach a target of £3,500 for the pioneering charity Brain Tumour Research which funds a network of Centres of Excellence where scientists are focused on improving outcomes for patients and, ultimately, finding a cure.

Clare Goodge, 48, was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma brain tumour in September 2015 after she started experiencing some balance problems and felt generally unwell. An acoustic neuroma is a benign tumour which occurs in a tiny canal connecting the inner ear to the brain. As the tumour grows, pressure is put on the surrounding nerves and on the brain.

In January 2016, Clare underwent a 14-hour operation at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital to reduce the size of her tumour, and has since received radiotherapy treatment. Although her tumour is much reduced in size and will be monitored at regular MRI scans, Clare is now completely deaf in her left ear and has some mobility problems on the left side of her body. Wayne and Clare have two children, Jennifer, 19 and Brady, nine, and they’ve supported their mum throughout her illness and treatment.  

Wayne, 36, who enjoys running and has previously taken part in a number of half marathons said: “Having a brain tumour has changed Clare's life as it has the lives of thousands of other people who are diagnosed with brain tumours every year. I’ve seen first-hand the effects this has had on her and am very proud of how brave she’s been, and incredibly proud to be Clare's husband.

“I’m very grateful to have a place in the 2018 London Marathon to support Brain Tumour Research, and want to do all I can to raise awareness and urge people to donate to this great cause. So little is known about the causes of brain tumours so it’s vital that we raise as much money as possible to fund further research.”  

Wayne will be pounding the streets of the capital on Sunday 22nd April as he takes part in the marathon, which is the world’s most famous running event.

Carol Robertson, Community Fundraising Manager for Brain Tumour Research, said: “Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

“For too long, brain tumours have been a neglected cancer. Experiences like this family’s reminds us all that we cannot allow this desperate situation to continue. We are extremely grateful to Wayne for his support and are appealing for runners who have a ballot place for the marathon to join him on Team Brain Tumour Research by nominating us as their chosen charity for 2018. Together we will find a cure.”

To make a donation to Brain Tumour Research via Wayne’s JustGiving page go to


For further information, please contact: Caroline Whitelegge at Brain Tumour Research on 07816 946276 or


Notes to Editors

Brain Tumour Research is the only national charity in the UK focused on funding sustainable research to find a cure for brain tumours. We are building a game-changing network of world-class Research Centres of Excellence in the UK. Embracing passionate member charities nationwide, £5.5 million was raised towards research and support during 2016.

We are campaigning to see the national spend on research into brain tumours increased to £30 - £35 million a year, in line with breast cancer and leukaemia. The charity is celebrating a year of high-profile campaigning on this issue following the unprecedented success of its petition in 2016. Following that, Brain Tumour Research is now taking a leading role in the Government’s Task and Finish Working Group convened to tackle the historic underfunding for research.

Key statistics on brain tumours:

  • Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer
  • They kill more children than leukaemia
  • They kill more men under 45 than prostate cancer
  • They kill more women under 35 than breast cancer
  • Just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease
  • In the UK 16,000 people each year are diagnosed with a brain tumour
  • Less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years compared with an average of 50% across all cancers
  • Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone, at any age
  • Incidences of, and deaths from, brain tumours are increasing.

Please quote Brain Tumour Research as the source when using this information. Additional facts and statistics are available from our website including our latest Report on National Research Funding. We can also provide case-studies and research expertise for media.

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