Less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years
Supermodel Caprice sends surprise video message to brain tumour dad and son
Supermodel Caprice has sent a touching video message to a brain tumour patient from East Sussex.
Graham Wood, aged 33, and his four-year-old son Reuben are working with the national charity Brain Tumour Research to support this year’s Wear A Hat Day which takes place on Thursday 29th March.
But the “best from the east” meant that the father and son were unable to travel from Pevensey to the charity’s HQ in Milton Keynes to meet Caprice, a survivor of the disease, for the official launch on Saturday 3rd March.
Graham is living with an anaplastic astrocytoma; a grade three brain tumour. Since his diagnosis nearly four years ago, he has undergone surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Along with his wife Amber, aged 34, Graham previously ran a newsagents in St Leonards-on-Sea but was forced to give the business up because of the tumour.
Graham, whose diagnosis followed a motorbike crash, said: “We were so sorry to miss the event but couldn’t risk it with the weather. Reuben was sorry he didn’t get to go on the train and we were both sorry not to meet Caprice! It was so amazing that she would take the time to send us a video message and it is really, really touching.
“It seems ironic to think that a mundane event such as riding home from work would end in the life-changing moment of being diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour but that’s exactly what happened to me. Stranger still that the crash injuries were more painful than the neurosurgery I underwent several months later.
“At first, it wasn’t clear if the crash had caused the seizure or whether the seizure had caused the crash which sent me hurtling into a stone wall in June 2014. I had a CT scan and then an MRI which revealed the tumour had probably been there for 10 to 15 years. I have already out-lived the average prognosis for my tumour type. In a way that’s good news; the worst part of all of this is the uncertainty and fear that today could be the day the tumour kicks in again. I’m 33 and, while it is hard not knowing what the future will bring, I try to enjoy what we have now rather than dwelling too much on what might happen.”
Wear A Hat Day has raised over a million pounds since it was launched by Brain Tumour Research nine years ago and is the culmination of Brain Tumour Awareness Month in March. The big day will see schools, workplaces, families and individuals across the UK fundraising and taking part in fun events to raise awareness of brain tumours and help fund life-saving research.
Among celebrity supporters of this year’s campaign is the businesswoman, model, actress and mum Caprice Bourret who underwent surgery to remove a low-grade brain tumour which was diagnosed a year ago and continues to be monitored by her medical team.
Caprice said: “I have been so touched by Graham’s story. It’s just amazing that brain tumours affect so many people. This devastating disease is indiscriminate and can affect anyone at any age.
“I’m proud to be working with Graham and his family and so many others to support Wear A Hat Day. I want everyone to get involved! It’s such a fun event and anyone can take part. Inspired by Graham, let’s all put our hats on and do something positive to support the fantastic research going on right now. I’m determined to try to make a difference for the 16,000 people diagnosed with a brain tumour each year.”
To get involved, or donate, please visit: www.wearahatday.org
Or text HAT to 70660 to donate £5*
* Texts cost £5 plus network charge. Brain Tumour Research receives 100% of your donation. Obtain the bill payer’s permission. Call 01908 867200 with any queries.
For further information, please contact:
Susan Castle-Smith at Brain Tumour Research on 01908 867206 or 07887 241639 or Susan@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 have established a game-changing network of world-class Research Centres of Excellence in the UK. Embracing passionate member charities nationwide, over £6 million was raised towards research and support during 2017.
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 unprecedented success of our 2015 petition led to the 2016 Westminster Hall debate and Brain Tumour Research taking a leading role in the Government’s Task and Finish Working Group convened to tackle the historic underfunding for research with the report being published in 2018.
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.