“Proudest achievement” – med student completes London Marathon in memory of father lost to brain tumour
A medical student who lost her father to a brain tumour has raised nearly £2,000 to help scientists find a cure for the disease.
Katya Strage was only four when her father was diagnosed and has now honoured his memory and achieved a long-held ambition by running the London Marathon for charity.
She hopes to achieve a total of £3,500 for the pioneering charity Brain Tumour Research and the money will help scientists find a cure for the disease.
David Strage, from Sevenoaks, Kent, had a grade four anaplastic astrocytoma and was initially told he had just six months to live but, thanks to the tireless efforts of his medical team, he lived for six years.
Katya, aged 26, who is in her third year at Texas A&M College of Medicine in Dallas, said: “I was only little when dad became ill. The type of tumour he had is very rare in adults and he managed to outlive his prognosis largely thanks to the skills and dedication of his medical team.
“I will be forever grateful for everything they did for dad as this gave him six precious years in which I got to know him and those memories have sustained me along the way.
“I feel I owe the memories I have of my father to organisations such as Brain Tumour Research which is working so hard to raise awareness of this disease and the lack of funding for research.”
Katya completed the route in 4:31:12.
The money will help scientists working at a network of Brain Tumour Research Centres of Excellence to continue their work to improve patient outcomes and, ultimately, find a cure.
Katya was among 40,000 people who pounded the streets of the capital on Sunday 22nd April 2018 as she took part in the marathon, which is the world’s most famous running event. Her father, who was 36 and with three young children when he was diagnosed, passed away in February 2002 at the age of 42.
Tim Green, Community Fundraising Manager for Brain Tumour Research, said: “Brain tumours 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.
“For too long, brain tumours have been a neglected cancer. Experiences like this family’s reminds us all that we cannot allow this desperate situation to continue. We are extremely grateful to Katya for her support and congratulate her on her marathon effort.”
Make a donation to Brain Tumour Research via the family’s JustGiving page
For further information, please contact:
Susan Castle-Smith at Brain Tumour Research on 01908 867206 or 07887 241639 or email@example.com
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
- Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone, at any age
- 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.