Less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years
Loss of cousin inspires cycle challenge for Brain Tumour Research
A Wareside man’s admiration for the dignified way his cousin fought a losing battle with a brain tumour has spurred him to complete a gruelling 100-mile cycle challenge for charity.
Michael Barltrop, 55, a recently retired Police Officer, has raised over £1,000 for pioneering charity Brain Tumour Research, which will use the funds for research into finding a cure for this devastating disease.
Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer but just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease. The charity is striving to fund a network of seven dedicated research centres whilst challenging the government and larger cancer charities to invest more in brain tumour research.
Michael’s cousin, Peter who lived near Dunstable, Beds, passed away almost a year ago (26th August 2016), soon after his 60th birthday. He had been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour in 2014 after suffering a series of seizures and a bleed on the brain.
Michael, who along with his brother Ian from Doncaster, was among 24 cyclists supporting the charity by taking part in Prudential RideLondon, described as “the world’s greatest festival of cycling.” Over 25,000 riders took part in the RideLondon-Surrey 100 mile sportive which set off from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London on Sunday 30th July before heading through the capital and out into the Surrey countryside, then returning to the finish on The Mall.
Michael said: “I really enjoyed RideLondon and did better than I had hoped, finishing in 6 hours and 15 minutes, 45 minutes better than my target time.
“The hardest part was the hill climbs, especially Leith Hill, which was steep and narrow. To ride along closed roads through London’s streets and the beautiful Surrey countryside, passing lots of iconic places with so many fellow cyclists was a great experience. It was a real thrill to turn down The Mall with all the Union flags and Buckingham Palace in the distance and then cross the finishing line.
“It was one of those days I will always remember and importantly I was raising money for a cause close to my heart.
“It’s a sad fact that brain tumours can affect anyone at any time but no-one knows what causes them. Treatments for patients like my cousin remain very limited. I hope my efforts will help raise awareness of this awful disease and draw attention to the dreadful under-funding of research which has gone on for far too long.”
Carol Robertson, Head of Community Fundraising at Brain Tumour Research said: “For too long, brain tumours have been a neglected cancer. Stories like Peter’s remind us all that we cannot allow this desperate situation to continue. We are extremely grateful to Michael and his brother Ian for their support and congratulate them on an amazing achievement.”
To make a donation to Brain Tumour Research via Michael’s JustGiving page go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Michael-BARLTROP
Brain Tumour Research is campaigning to see the national spend on brain tumour research increased to £30 - £35 million a year, in line with breast and leukaemia, in order to advance treatments, and ultimately find a cure.
For further information, please contact:
Liz Fussey at Brain Tumour Research on 07811 068357 or firstname.lastname@example.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.