Less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years
Brain tumour supporters run for research
A 28-strong team of runners will be taking to the streets of Portsmouth for the Great South Run on the 22nd October to raise vital funds for research into brain tumours.
They will be raising money for the pioneering charity Brain Tumour Research, which funds a network of Centres of Excellence including its flagship centre at the University of Portsmouth where scientists are focused on improving treatments and, ultimately, finding a cure.
Many of those raising money for Brain Tumour Research know the devastation caused by a brain tumour diagnosis.
Carla Dewane, 22, a beauty therapist from Portsmouth, was inspired to take part in the race in honour of her brother Tom, who is living with four brain tumours. Diagnosed when he was just 18 years old, Tom had to turn down a dream career in the British Army because of the tumours. Now 30 and married with two small children, Tom, like many brain tumour patients, lives with the ongoing anxiety of what could happen in the future.
To make a donation to Brain Tumour Research via Carla’s Just Giving page, go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/DevandCarlaGSR
Debbie Carpenter, a 46-year-old mum of three, from Rowner near Gosport, is running in memory of her dad Ian Burrows, who was diagnosed with a grade four malignant brain tumour in May 2016. Though the initial signs of recovery were positive, he sadly passed away on April 2017 at the age of just 68. She hopes that more research into this devastating disease will help other families in the future not have to go through the same loss.
David Dron, 51, a learning support officer from Portsmouth, was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he just 23 years old, after suffering months of extremely bad headaches. David underwent two operations to control the tumour and now counts himself as incredibly fortunate to be able to take part in events like the Great South Run because sadly less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years compared with an average of 50% across all cancers.
Dan Limb, 16, a student from Waterlooville, is taking part in the race in memory of his friend’s dad, Russell Goddard, who passed away in December 2016 from an aggressive grade four temporal glioblastoma brain tumour.
Jamie Williams, 36, a Sporting Sales Executive at The Goodwood Estate, who lives in Waterlooville, knows three people who recently lost their lives to the disease and is determined to raise awareness of the current underfunding for research into brain tumours.
Thousands of runners are expected to take part in the 10-mile run, which takes in the iconic sights of Southsea and Portsmouth, including the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home of HMS Victory, the Spinnaker Tower and finishing on the seafront to take in beautiful views of the Isle of Wight.
Tim Green, Community Fundraising Manager in the South for Brain Tumour Research, said: “Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone, at any age, at any time. For too long, brain tumours have been a neglected cancer. Stories such as these remind us all that we cannot allow this desperate situation to continue.
“We wish all our runners that are taking part, good luck for the race. The money raised from the event will help to fund the work at our four Centres of Excellence, including our flagship centre at the University of Portsmouth. This is where world-leading research into the causes of brain tumours and improving treatments is taking place.”
For further information, please contact:
Lexie Dabney at Brain Tumour Research on 01908 867222 or 07591 206545 or Lexie.Dabney@braintumourresearch.org
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.