Daughter takes on charity challenge after father lost to brain tumour
A woman who lost her father to a brain tumour is taking on the Great North Run to raise funds for research into the disease.
John Clarke from Stoke Holy Cross, near Norwich, died aged 72 from an aggressive glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumour. His daughter Rachel Peters, 48, of Clarendon Road, Norwich, will be among thousands of runners taking part in the Great North Run, the world’s biggest half marathon. This year’s event takes place on 10th September, starting in Newcastle and covering a 13.1 mile route.
A 35-strong team will be taking part and raising money for Brain Tumour Research which funds a network of Centres of Excellence where scientists are focused on improving treatments for patients and finding a cure. Each day of research costs £2,740.
Rachel, who works as a PA at Norwich School, said: “I lost my father six years ago and I am keen to support the valuable work of Brain Tumour Research to help find a cure for this awful disease and prevent anyone else losing that someone special way too early.
“I think dad would have thought I was a bit mad to do this but he would also have been proud. It is appalling that research into brain tumours gets so little investment yet it affects so many people.”
Paula Rastrick, Community Fundraising Manage for Brain Tumour Research, said: “We are extremely grateful to Rachel and wish her well. Sadly, her family is not alone. Brain tumours can affect anyone at any age and they 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.”
To sponsor Rachel please go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RachelPeters5
For further information, please contact:
Susan Castle-Smith at Brain Tumour Research on 01908 867206 or 07887 241639 or Susan@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
- Incidences of, and deaths from, brain tumours are increasing.