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If only brain tumour research could be funded in the same way as leukaemia and other cancers

Ian Ledger to do a firewalk for Brain Tumour Research

Ian & Jenny Ledger are an amazing couple.  On 4th December 2011 Ian will be fire walking in aid of Brain Tumour Research in the historic surroundings of Claydon House, Buckingham. The fire walk will be at about 4.45pm and there is also a festive gift fair running from 11am to 5pm. Read their story…

Why am I doing this?

My wife, Jennifer, is dying from an Anaplastic Astrocytoma brain tumour in her frontal lobes. This tumour, like most brain tumours, is currently incurable and only a tiny amount of the money donated to the main cancer charities goes to researching brain tumours (less than 1%). At least £7 million pounds a year is needed in the UK to research brain tumours properly. At the moment about £2 million is raised each year.

Jenny is just 35 years old and we have two children aged 8 and 5. Jenny has had two major brain operations and gone through 6 weeks of radiotherapy to try and control the growth of the tumour in the last two years. Unfortunatly, so far, the treatment has only been partly succesfull and Jenny now has a life expectancy of less than one year.   

The tumour Jenny has is located in her frontal lobes (behind the forehead) and is best discribed as being like dry rot spreading through the brain. So as well as the normal affects of cancer the tumour makes Jenny suffer from constant pain, epilepsy, personality changes, memory problems, mobility and many other problems that affect her daily life. She takes a cocktail of about 30 tablets a day to try and control the pain, siezures and other side affects.

Unfortunatly no matter how much money I raise by doing this fire walk will stop our two young children losing their mother. But the money raised may help stop another child having to go through the pain our kids are feeling. 

Thank you for taking the time to visit my page and please sponsor me. Any amount is welcome and all money will go to Brain Tumour Research as I am covering the costs of the firewalk myself.

Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of the under 40’s in the UK. They are also the most feared cancer amongst adults.

So please dig deep and donate now.  http://www.justgiving.com/realhotfuzz

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