Posted on 1st March 2017 by Elise O'Kelly in Tributes
A Plymouth businesswoman has created a floral tribute to be placed to mark a one minute silence held to remember those lost to brain tumours, at 11am today. Wendy Jordan designed and produced a loosely gathered wreath of fresh flowers and will be laid during a ceremony at Plymouth University to mark the start of National Brain Tumour Awareness month today. Wendy’s mum, Susan Flower, passed away 14 years ago just weeks after being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour. She was 54 and had lived in Plymouth all her life.
Posted on 23rd February 2017 by Elise O'Kelly in News
Today our Chief Executive Sue Farrington Smith is at Buckingham Palace for an investiture ceremony at which she will receive her MBE for services to brain tumour research and awareness raising.
On October 1st 2010 I joined Sue at Brain Tumour Research as the first full time employee. Back then we were based on her farm in the Buckinghamshire countryside. I hadn’t worked for a charity before but Sue’s energy, vision and ambition pulled me along as we established our first dedicated research centre at the University of Portsmouth. Using statistical analysis Sue had discovered that brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under the age of 40 yet research funding levels were woefully low. Armed with this type of information we talked to anyone who would listen encouraging them to lobby their MP’s, to get their stories in the media, to support Wear A Hat Day and to help us fund the fight against brain tumours.
Posted on 16th February 2017 by Elise O'Kelly in Stories
Devoted grandfather, father and husband, Mahendra Mehta dedicated his life to his family and charitable causes and was looking forward to retirement when he was unexpectedly diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour. He underwent months of gruelling treatments, before lapsing into a coma the day after his 68th birthday. He passed away six days later, just seven months after his diagnosis.
“Papa was always happy and smiling…it was so hard to see his energy and enthusiasm ebb away. During his illness, Papa would say: “I just want to have fun again”.”
Here is Mahendra’s story, as told by his daughter Deepa Jivan…
Posted on 14th February 2017 by Elise O'Kelly in Stories
Nicki Waterman, one of the UK’s foremost fitness experts and The Sun columnist, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive brain tumour in 2015. Pioneering immunotherapy treatment prolonged her life and she was able to see her son marry and spend time with her precious grandchildren, before rapidly declining. Nicki died in August 2016, just 15 months after her diagnosis, leaving her family and friends heartbroken.
“We thought our Mummy was invincible, my brother Harry and I. She was always incredibly fit and healthy with so much energy… Brain tumours like hers are too aggressive; they just don’t have enough new, effective treatments to offer patients.”
Here is Nicki’s story, as told by her daughter Alex Thrussell…
Posted on 10th February 2017 by Ross Whyte in Celebrities, Stories
Thirty years after their double-platinum debut album, Liverpool band The Christians – famous for hits like “Forgotten Town”, “Ideal World” and “Born Again” – are coming to Milton Keynes for a sold-out gig at The Stables tonight.
Singer Garry Christian has been a supporter of Brain Tumour Research since his brother and former bandmate, Roger, died from a brain tumour. Garry is urging people to get behind Wear A Hat Day on Friday 31st March. (more…)