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

Widow hosts charity lunch in husband’s memory

Widow hosts charity lunch in husband’s memory

A widow whose husband died from a brain tumour, has joined the national Do Lunch! campaign in the name of finding a cure for the disease.

Since the death of her husband David, Shaz Hetherington has been fundraising for the Brain Tumour Research charity which is dedicated to funding continuous and sustainable scientific research into brain tumours. Her latest event was a lunch party at her home in Woodford Green, which raised vital funds and encouraged others to Do Lunch! and contribute to a cure.

David Hetherington was diagnosed with a low-grade brain tumour when Shaz was 31 weeks pregnant with their first child. Less than three years later, David’s tumour had changed to a highly aggressive glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and he underwent gruelling radiotherapy and chemotherapy to treat it. Despite this intensive treatment, David died at the age of 39, leaving two children, Layla, aged six, and Daniel, four.

Shaz said: “Since David’s death, Layla, Daniel and I are determined to fundraise in any way possible. ‘Doing lunch’ was a fun and easy way to raise money for a cause which will always be close to our hearts. There are so many ways, big and small, to fundraise and if everyone got on board with Do Lunch! then just imagine how much of a difference we could make.

“Having personally witnessed the devastation brain tumours can bring to patients and their loved ones, I know much more needs to be done. The established treatment options for brain tumours haven’t changed in decades and that has to be wrong.”

Over 60 neighbours, friends and family attended Shaz’s Do Lunch! party on Sunday 8th July in the 31C heat, and together they have raised over £1,600.

Getting involved in Do Lunch! couldn’t be easier, whether it’s a BBQ bonanza, a perfect picnic or a three-course luncheon party, get together this summer for a great cause. All money raised will go towards helping the Brain Tumour Research charity sustain long-term, life-saving research at its network of world-class research centres in the UK.

Janice Wright, Community Fundraising Manager for the Brain Tumour Research charity, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Shaz and her family who continue to support us through different fundraising events. Her Do Lunch! party is the perfect example of how simple it is to help us fund a cure.

“Brain tumours our 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.”

To find out how to get involved with Do Lunch! visit the Brain Tumour Research charity website here.

 

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 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.

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