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

Friend takes on charity challenge after brain tumour loss

Friend takes on charity challenge after brain tumour loss

A Hexham man who lost his friend to a brain tumour is taking on the Great North Run to raise funds for research into the disease.

Lee Wise was just 26 when he died just over a year after being diagnosed with an inoperable glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumour. Lee, who worked as a chef, was diagnosed in May 2014 and passed away in August 2015.

Now his former school friend Shaun Davison, 28, is taking on the Great North Run in memory of Lee. The pair met when they were students at Queen Elizabeth High School and had only recently returned from a lads’ holiday in Majorca when Lee was diagnosed.

Cleaner Shaun, of Wordsworth Close, said: “Lee and I were in a big group of friends and enjoyed playing football and socialising. We used to get together on ‘Thirsty Thursdays’ for drinks and to play pool and darts.

“To have lost a friend at such a young age is devastating and everyone who knew him is heartbroken.”

Shaun 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.

Suzanne McKenna, Head of Community Fundraising Manage for Brain Tumour Research, said: “We are extremely grateful to Shaun and wish him well. Sadly Lee’s story is all too common. 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 Shaun please go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/shaun-davison1

 

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.

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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