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Less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years

Wells Rugby Club holds match in memory of brain tumour patient

Wells Rugby Club holds match in memory of brain tumour patient

Close friends of a man from Wells, who died from a brain tumour, have held a charity match at Wells Rugby Club in his memory. This is the third charity match that friends and family have held with this year’s event raising £4,000 for pioneering charity Brain Tumour Research.

James Pullen, a self-employed plasterer and keen fisherman, began experiencing episodes of déjà vu in 2009. When seizures followed, James was taken to the hospital and tests revealed in February 2010 that he had a grade three anaplastic astrocytoma tumour. Aged only 22 at the time, James underwent surgery and radiotherapy which successfully shrunk the tumour. However, over the course of the next six years, the tumour recurred twice and despite further surgery and months of chemotherapy, James lost his battle and died in December 2015, aged 28.

Tom Corns, close friend and organiser of the event, said: “James is sorely missed here at the rugby club and I still can’t believe we won’t get to hear his infectious laugh again. I organised the match because I wanted to remember him in a fun way, and also to raise funds for research into the disease. It’s appalling that brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 and yet such little funding is allocated to research into a cure.”

Sarah Pullen, James’ mother, who attended a cheque presentation to Brain Tumour Research along with her husband David, said: “James enjoyed playing rugby when he was younger and made many lasting friendships through the game. It’s touching to see how these fundraisers have brought together not only his rugby friends, but his friends from fishing, school, and work too.

“James hated being the centre of attention but it was clear that he left a big hole not only in our family but the lives of his friends too. My wish is that James’ story inspires change and that one day a cure is found for this cruel disease.”

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, and more men under 45 than prostate cancer, yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

Emma Cronin, Community Fundraising Manager for Brain Tumour Research said: “We are extremely grateful to James’ friends and family who have come together to fundraise in his memory. Stories like James’ remind that we cannot allow this desperate situation to continue.

The money raised will help us in our mission to build a network of experts in sustainable research. We are funding dedicated UK Centres of Excellence where scientists are focused on improving outcomes for patients and, ultimately, finding a cure.”

 

For further information, please contact:
Farel Williams at Brain Tumour Research on 01908 867221 or 07592 502708 or Farel.Williams@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 in the UK 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.

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