Two of my best friends have been unfortunate to develop brain tumours. With no complaints Andrew (aka Geordie or Edward) and Nick have undergone multiple operations, numerous courses of chemotherapy, targeted treatments and rounds of radiotherapy. Through these challenges their positive attitude has been a deep inspiration to all of us.
To my great surprise I have since discovered that having two of my contemporaries diagnosed with brain tumours isn't as unlikely as you might hope. Brain tumours are quite common in young people but have a relatively low public profile and insufficient funding for basic research. I have also become aware of the dedication and bravery of the medical teams involved in treating people with brain tumours. They should be celebrated for their work.
As a cancer researcher at Barts Cancer Institute I am acutely aware that the way to make the biggest difference is to find better ways to treat brain tumours. Brain Tumour Research is a charity that focuses all its efforts to do just this. Any contribution or help to raise awareness makes a great difference.