I have chosen to fundraise for The Brain Tumour Research Campaign. BTRC was established by Wendy Fulcher after the loss of her dear husband John to a brain tumour. BTRC is headed by Mr Kevin O’Neill (my legendary neuro surgeon) and he provides the conduit for the charity’s fundraising activities, as well as contributing to and complementing the expertise of the scientific research team. BTRC draws together clinicians and academics from Imperial College, London and collaborates with other UK and international research centres. I aim to maintain, help to reach, and further extend their achievements.
So I have been fortunate to have a lot of contact with Wendy – what a delightful lady! This charity really means a lot to me and will fund the research of Kevin and his team to help establish better and more effective treatments for this ridiculously underfunded cancer. Their team of researchers, in the John Fulcher Molecular Neuro-Oncology Laboratory at Hammersmith Hospital, are the people who will be studying the samples of my tumour, that were resected during my operation. Without the money raised by BTRC, this would not be possible!
I ask you to give generously wherever possible, the charity’s mission is to ultimately find out why brain tumours exist, how best to treat them, and most importantly of all, find a cure. I know it is probably going to be too late to save my life; but they WILL help others. And, admittedly, I do cling on to the hope that, potentially, money we raise may just find a new treatment in time to help me!
I have been fundraising for BTRC since March 2015, and one year on, we have raised over £45,000!