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

Fancy dress fundraiser to celebrate life of fun-loving young man lost to brain tumour

Fancy dress fundraiser to celebrate life of fun-loving young man lost to brain tumour

A fancy dress fundraiser will celebrate the life of a fun-loving young man from Burton-on-the-Wolds, who died three years ago.

Michael Smith, a keen supporter of the Leicester Tigers and a former Loughborough Grammar School pupil, passed away at the age of 27 having been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour three years earlier.

To celebrate Michael’s fun-filled, but short life, the fundraising event will take place on 3rd November at 7pm until midnight at the Charnwood Golf & Leisure Complex in Hathern, Loughborough. Guests, who are invited to wear fancy dress beginning with M or S (Michael’s initials), will be greeted with a glass of prosecco and enjoy a hot food buffet and dancing. There will also be a raffle and auction, with lots including a week in a beautiful house in the Pyrenees.

His mum Eileen Smith said: “Michael was such a lover of life, so fun-loving and always enjoying having a good time with friends or family.

“We are continuing our strong alliance with the Brain Tumour Research charity by holding a fancy dress event to remember Michael and to raise funds for the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under the age of 40. It’s so shocking that historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

“To date, with the most amazing support from friends and family, we have raised more than £38,000 for this worthy cause and we hope that the event on 3rd November will push the total over £40,000. Please come and join the party in memory of Michael.”

Michael Thelwall, Head of Community Fundraising at Brain Tumour Research, said: “We really appreciate Eileen’s support and send her our best wishes for a fabulous evening spent celebrating Michael’s life, which was so tragically cut short by a brain tumour. The money raised will help us in our mission to build a network of experts in sustainable research. We are funding dedicated UK Centres of Excellence where scientists are focused on improving outcomes for patients and, ultimately, finding a cure.

“For too long, brain tumours have been a neglected cancer and we cannot allow this desperate situation to continue. Sadly, less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years compared with an average of 50% across all cancers.”                              

Brain Tumour Research funds sustainable research at Research Centres of Excellence in the UK; it also campaigns for the Government and the larger cancer charities to invest more in research into brain tumours in order to speed up new treatments for patients and, ultimately, to find a cure. The charity is calling for an annual spend of £35m in order to improve survival rates and patient outcomes in line with other cancers such as breast cancer and leukaemia.

To buy tickets priced at £35 per person, go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ms-fancy-dress-tickets-50372031101

 

For further information, please contact:
Liz Fussey at Brain Tumour Research on 07811 068357 Liz@braintumourresearch.org

 

Notes to Editors

Brain Tumour Research is the only national charity in the UK dedicated to raising funds for continuous and sustainable scientific research into brain tumours, and we are a leading voice calling for greater support and action for research into what scientists are calling the last battleground against cancer.

We are building a network of experts in sustainable research at dedicated Centres of Excellence whilst influencing the Government and larger cancer charities to invest more nationally.

We welcome recent funding announcements for research into brain tumours from the UK Government and Cancer Research UK – £65 million pledged over the next five years. However, this potential funding of £13 million a year comes with a catch – money will only be granted to quality research proposals and, due to the historic lack of investment, there may not be enough of these applications that qualify for grants from this pot.

We want research funding parity with breast cancer and leukaemia. We are calling for a £30-35 million investment every year for research into brain tumours in order to fund the basic research groundwork needed to accelerate the translation from laboratory discoveries into clinical trials and fast-track new therapies for this devastating disease.

The Brain Tumour Research charity is a powerful campaigning organisation and represents the voice of the brain tumour community across the UK. We helped establish and provide the ongoing Secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Brain Tumours (APPGBT). We are supporting the crucial APPGBT 2018 Inquiry into the economic and social impacts of brain tumours and will publish their report in the autumn. We are also a key influencer in the development strategy for the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission. 

Key statistics on brain tumours:

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

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

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