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

Brain tumour survivor completes London Marathon

Brain tumour survivor completes London Marathon

A woman who was diagnosed with a rare type of brain tumour as a teenager has completed the London Marathon to raise funds for research into the disease.

Determined to not let the disease that robbed her of her teenage years stop her from enjoying life, Amy Drummond joined tens of thousands of runners for the world’s biggest running event on Sunday 22nd April for the charity Brain Tumour Research  after she was diagnosed with brain tumour when she was 13 years old.

For months Amy suffered from seizures and issues with her memory, but doctors brushed off her symptoms as attention-seeking. However further tests and scans revealed she was living with a grade one dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial (DNET) brain tumour, the size of a 50p piece, and would need emergency surgery to remove it. 

Amy, 31, who lives in Sheffield and is currently studying for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Sheffield, said: “Completing the London Marathon is such a personal achievement for me. It was a huge challenge but I’ve done it! Knowing I’ve raised over £4,000 so far for Brain Tumour Research as well is such a great feeling.

Amy was one of 40,000 runners taking part in the event which was started by The Queen from the grounds of Windsor Castle. It was the 38th London Marathon to take place since the first on 29th March 1981.

The money Amy has raised will go towards the pioneering charity Brain Tumour Research which funds a network of dedicated Centres of Excellence where scientists are focused on improving outcomes for patients and, ultimately, finding a cure.

Carol Robertson, Community Fundraising Manager for Brain Tumour Research, said: “For too long, brain tumours have been a neglected cancer, which is why research into the disease is so important. Many people are unaware that brain tumours kill more women under 35 than breast cancer, yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

“Stories like Amy’s remind us all that we cannot allow this desperate situation to continue. We are extremely grateful for her support and offer our congratulations to everyone who took part in this year’s event to raise money for charity.”

Make a donation to Brain Tumour Research via Amy’s JustGiving page.


For further information, please contact:
Lexie Jenkins at Brain Tumour Research on 01908 867222 or 07591 206545 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 have established a game-changing network of world-class Research Centres of Excellence in the UK. Embracing passionate member charities nationwide, over £6 million was raised towards research and support during 2017.

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 unprecedented success of our 2015 petition led to the 2016 Westminster Hall debate and Brain Tumour Research taking a leading role in the Government’s Task and Finish Working Group convened to tackle the historic underfunding for research with the report being published in 2018.

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 in the UK 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.