Student takes on London Marathon after losing father to brain tumour
A university student who lost his dad to a brain tumour is taking on this year’s London Marathon to raise vital funds for research into the disease.
William Rennicks, 22, from Dudley and studying for a degree in Economics at the University of Surrey in Guildford, is taking part in the event in memory of his dad, Robert Rennicks, who passed away from an aggressive brain tumour in 2016.
Robert was 56 when he was diagnosed with a grade four glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumour in June 2016 after suffering from a seizure at the family home. Due to the aggressive nature of the tumour and its location, surgery wasn’t an option and treatment was limited. Unfortunately, Robert died less than six months later leaving William, daughter Emily and his wife of over 30 years, Gaynor.
On Sunday 22nd April 2018, William will be pounding the streets of the capital to raise money for the pioneering charity Brain Tumour Research, which is funding world-leading research to find a cure for the disease. He has already raised over £1,000 towards his £3,500 fundraising target.
William, said: “It’s been a little over a year since dad died and we still think about him every day. I’m sure he would be really proud that I’m taking part in the marathon, but as he was a keen cyclist I’m sure he would have wanted me to be on a bike!
“Over 16,000 are diagnosed with a brain tumour each year in the UK, though little is still known about the disease. I can only hope my efforts will raise vital funds for research to help find a cure for tumours like the one my dad had.”
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.
Carol Robertson, Community Fundraising Manager for Brain Tumour Research, said: “For too long, brain tumours have been a neglected cancer. Stories like Robert’s remind us all that we cannot allow this desperate situation to continue.
“We are extremely grateful to William for his support and are appealing for runners who have a ballot place for the marathon to join him on Team Brain Tumour Research by nominating us as their chosen charity for 2018. Together we will find a cure.”
To make a donation to Brain Tumour Research via William’s JustGiving page go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/william-rennicks4 and for more information on applying for one of Brain Tumour Research’s remaining London Marathon places go to www.braintumourresearch.org
For further information, please contact:
Lexie Jenkins at Brain Tumour Research on 01908 867222 or 07591 206545 or Lexie.Jenkins@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 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.