Sister completes Great North Run in honour of brother who survived a brain tumour
A trainee teacher has raised money for the Brain Tumour Research charity at the Great North Run, honouring her brother who survived the disease.
Loren Hurst, from Leicester, was running to raise money for research into the disease after her brother, Callum Leftley was diagnosed as a child. Loren, aged 29, was motivated by the fact that 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.
Callum was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma when he was aged four and his family was told he had just three months to live. He endured surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Now 20, Callum has defied his prognosis but lives with long-term side-effects from his tumour.
Loren said: “Completing the Great North Run was such a wonderful achievement for me and it was fantastic to be a part of the amazing atmosphere on the day. I was running to make my brother proud and he was really grateful for my fundraising. I remain inspired by the determination he showed throughout his illness and I hope I help to raise awareness for this vital cause.”
Loren was among thousands of runners taking part in the annual Great North Run, the world’s biggest half marathon. This year’s event took place on 9th September, with runners taking their marks in Newcastle city centre before setting off on the 13.1 mile course and finishing at the coast in South Shields.
A team of 42 took part and raised money for the Brain Tumour Research charity which funds dedicated UK Centres of Excellence where scientists are focused on improving outcomes for patients and, ultimately, finding a cure.
Carol Robertson, Head of Community Fundraising for Brain Tumour Research, said: “We are extremely grateful for Loren’s support and congratulate her on completing the event. Callum’s story reminds us that brain tumours are indiscriminate and we hope he inspires others to fundraise for this woefully underfunded cancer. Less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years compared with an average of 50% across all cancers. We cannot allow this situation to continue.”
To sponsor Loren, please go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/loren-hurst1
For further information, please contact:
Annie Slinn at the Brain Tumour Research charity on 01908 867239 or 07591 206545 or firstname.lastname@example.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
- 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.