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A huge thank you to everyone who donated to our Christmas Appeal.
You raised £169,320 which includes donations from The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020. These funds will help increase our understanding of brain tumours, and translate these discoveries into new and effective treatments. Thank you for helping to accelerate change.
You can help get research back on track
We're leading the field in funding research into brain tumours. Progress is happening, but too many lives are still being lost. That’s why we must keep investing in research to speed up delivery of life-saving treatments. But, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, research funding is in jeopardy and so too are people’s lives.
Gifts like yours help others to stand strong in the face of brain tumours.
Click on the images below to read our supporters' inspiring stories.
Dominique, 31, was diagnosed with a brain tumour just three weeks after giving birth. After being rushed to hospital, she had to endure seven hours of brain surgery - she even wrote letters for her husband and daughters in case she didn’t make it through. Though she’s recovering well, she has been left with anxiety that her brain tumour will grow back, and still suffers from pins and needles as a result of her tumour and treatment.
Your support can help us stop other families having to go through the upheaval and uncertainty of this life-changing diagnosis and treatment. By funding research and providing support to those diagnosed, we’re standing against brain tumours on multiple fronts.
Dominique says: “Research is so key to being able to treat brain tumours effectively. The Brain Tumour Charity not only funds research but also offers support to people living with a brain tumour, as 91% of people diagnosed say it’s affected their mental health. A cure would mean the world. Being a mum and watching my children grow old is the most important thing, ever.”
Kate was diagnosed with a haemangioblastoma brain tumour in 2016 after weeks of sickness, dizziness and migraines. She went to the GP three times, then eventually ended up being rushed to Queen’s Hospital, Romford after collapsing at home. She woke up to find all her hair missing and a drain in her skull. Kate was told that the brain tumour would have killed her within six hours had she not had the emergency surgery. Amazingly, Kate later went on to trek the Sahara in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity, having been cared for in Queen’s Hospital’s ‘Sahara B’ ward.
Your support can help us raise awareness, improve diagnosis times and fund research to find new and better treatments, so that others like Kate, and their families, are spared the upheaval this disease can cause.
Kate said: “Being blue-lighted to Queen’s as an emergency case meant I didn’t get to meet any of my surgeons, get to express any of my wishes, or even get an understanding of my diagnosis or treatment. I found myself unexpectedly away from my son, who was only three at the time, plus I didn’t even get to tell my friends and extended family what was happening - they had to find out via the very impersonal channel of social media. I couldn’t have felt more alone.
“This disease is horrific and relentless and until we find a cure it will continue to destroy people’s lives. Research will mean quicker, less invasive treatments and more time with our loved ones. The most valuable commodity we own as humans is time, and we need to spend it wisely and with those with love.”
Stephen, 60, was given 18 months to live after being diagnosed with a glioblastoma, the same type of brain tumour that he lost his elder brother David to just five months earlier. But a decade later, Stephen is defying the odds by still standing strong.
Stephen developed a nasty headache and a sharp pain behind his eye while at work in 2010. A scan at Salford Hospital A&E revealed he had a glioblastoma. He had surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and regular scans to monitor his health. Five years later, a scan found that the tumour had returned, which required further surgery to remove it early the following year. Stephen also took part in a clinical trial for a cannabis-based drug, Sativex, which he took alongside chemotherapy for a year throughout 2015.
More clinical trials are desperately needed to discover new and better treatments to help others beat the odds. It’s only through funding research that we can enable more trials to get off the ground, increase the numbers of patients involved in research and improve treatments for brain tumours - your support can help us get there.
Stephen says: “Better treatments will mean that more people can live longer and beyond a negative prognosis, have a better quality of life and a more positive future and outlook on their life.”