Sister’s childhood diagnosis inspires cycle challenge for Brain Tumour Research
A brother’s love for his grown-up sister who was irreparably damaged by surgery to remove a brain tumour, completed a gruelling 100-mile cycle challenge for charity.
Andy Argile, 34, from Chorley, has raised over £6,000 pounds for pioneering charity Brain Tumour Research this year, 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.
Andy’s sister Elizabeth, who is now 30, underwent surgery at the age of 12 but the complications which followed left her blind, paralysed down one side, with limited understanding and difficulties in communicating. She remained in hospital for nearly two years and has spent the rest of her life in care, frequently hospitalised with life-threatening seizures.
Andy, who along with friend Mark Bragg, also 34 and from Chorley, were 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.
Andy, who is IT Manager at Wigan-based Ainscough Industrial Services, and has already completed this year’s London Marathon for charity, said: “It was a hard race, but Mark and I really enjoyed the day. 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 sister 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 Brain Tumour Research said: “For too long, brain tumours have been a neglected cancer. Stories like Elizabeth’s remind us all that we cannot allow this desperate situation to continue. We are extremely grateful to Andy and Mark for their support and congratulate them on an amazing achievement.”
To make a donation to Brain Tumour Research via Andy’s JustGiving page, go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=runbikelondon&isTeam=true
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:
Lexie Dabney at Brain Tumour Research on 01908 867222 or 07591 206545 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.