Less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years
Golfing event to remember former club captain who first experienced symptoms on the course
A Mottingham man who was diagnosed with an aggressive and incurable brain tumour after experiencing co-ordination problems on the golf course will be remembered on Friday, 27th April.
Friends of the late Glenn McMahon, a former golf club captain, who passed away on 6th June 2015 aged 53, as well as golf enthusiasts keen to support a worthy cause, will get together later this month for a third annual memorial event at Westerham Golf Club, where Glenn was a keen member.
There will be a Four Ball Competition with registration from 11am – visitors can take part for £65 and members for £40, which includes a charity donation as well as coffee and a bacon roll. In the evening, Westerham Golf Club and the Glenn McMahon Foundation are inviting people to enjoy a two course meal, disco, and raffle for £20, starting from 6.30pm. Already more than 80 people have signed up for the competition, with more coming in the evening with golfers are bringing friends and partners.
Glenn’s wife, Wendy, set up the Glenn McMahon Foundation, a fundraising group under the umbrella of national charity Brain Tumour Research, after losing her beloved husband to a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumour. To date, the foundation has raised more than £45,000 – enough to sponsor 16 days of research at one of the charity’s Centres of Excellence.
Wendy said: “We were so shocked to discover that Glenn’s survival prognosis was just 12 to 18 months after his diagnosis in September 2013. It was on the golf course that Glenn first realised something was wrong. He started to have difficulty moving his right foot. This affected his position, especially when putting. At first we put it down to a fall.
“Less than 20% of brain tumour patients survive beyond five years compared with an average of 50% across all cancers. This is unacceptable.
“Having only got together a few years earlier, we married in February 2014, knowing that our time together would be very limited. We were determined to make the most of every day.
“Glenn loved sport, including football and cricket, as well as golf, and had the privilege of being Captain of Westerham Golf Club before his illness prevented him from playing. He also loved travel, good food and wine and never passed on a cream tea! Glenn was passionate about music and sang along to Pink Floyd, Madness and Amy Winehouse, albeit off-key. We had a blast and he was such a joy to be around.”
Wendy concluded: “I am so grateful to everyone who is supporting this event in Glenn’s memory and particularly to Westerham Golf Club. More research is needed so fewer lives will be devastated by this dreadful disease. I want to see a day when cancer is no longer life-threatening. We must act to improve outcomes for patients and increase funding into brain tumour research.”
Tim Green, Community Fundraising Manager at Brain Tumour Research said: “Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone at any age. What’s more, 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.
“We are hugely grateful to Wendy and all those supporting the Glenn McMahon Foundation, fundraising for Brain Tumour Research. This will help us continue to fund research within the network of world-class Centres of Excellence the charity has already established in the UK, including within Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College, London.”
To donate in memory of Glenn go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wendy-mcmahon6
For further information, please contact:
Liz Fussey at Brain Tumour Research on 07811 068357 or Liz@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 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 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 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.