4 weeks ago my life changed forever. My dad was sent home from work with "stress". He was advised to go to A&E and when my mum took him there it was suspected that he had had a stroke as his speech was slurred. 1 hour later and a doctor sat us down to tell us the results of the CT scan. Good news. . . . . It wasn't a stroke. Bad news. . . . . He has brain cancer. It was like someone had dropped a bomb on our lives. Since then dad has had tests, scans and brain surgery at Queen's. Unfortunately they cannot remove the tumour and we are waiting to hear the biopsy results this week.
As it is world cancer day today I thought today is the day to launch my fundraising mission to raise £1000 for The Brain Tumour Charity. I am shaving my head because it is a way to raise awareness of brain cancer. I will then donate my locks to The Little Princess Trust who make wigs for children affected by cancer. I love my hair and I hope a little girl can love it as much as I do.
Please please please donate to this precious cause.
A few words from The Brain Tumour Charity:
Every day 31 people in the UK are diagnosed with a brain tumour, yet changes in survival rates have barely improved in 40 years compared with other cancers, investment in research is low and diagnosis is still taking much too long. That’s why we’re working faster and going further to beat brain tumours sooner. A cure can’t wait.
Find out more at: thebraintumourcharity.org
Brain tumours – the facts
Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40
Over 11,400 people are diagnosed each year with a primary brain tumour, including 500 children and young people – that’s 31 people every day
Over 5,000 people lose their lives to a brain tumour each year
Brain tumours reduce life expectancy by on average 20 years – the highest of any cancer
Just 19% of adults survive for five years after diagnosis
Brain tumours are the largest cause of preventable or treatable blindness in children. Childhood brain tumour survivors are 10 times more likely to suffer long term disability than well children. This accounts for 20,000 additional disabled life years for all the children who are diagnosed each year
Research offers the only real hope of dramatic improvements in the management and treatment of brain tumours. Over £500m is spent on cancer research in the UK every year, yet less than 2% is spent on brain tumours
The Brain Tumour Charity is at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours, making a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families. We fund pioneering research to increase survival, raise awareness of the symptoms and effects of brain tumours and provide support for everyone affected to improve quality of life. We are committed to having the biggest possible impact for every person affected by a brain tumour, and to defending the most amazing part of the human body.