This March is Brain Tumour Awareness Month and the Brain Tumour Charity are launching a campaign called The Big Bandana Bake. Wannabe bakers all around the country are being encouraged to don a bandana, get messy and hold a bake sale. The goal is to help the Charity raise £150,000. This amount of money will fund two years worth of life-saving research.
Why I support The Brain Tumour Charity
My brother-in-law was diagnosed with a brain tumour back in 2014. It was a massive shock as Alun was a fit, healthy man in his 40’s. Alun’s tumour was on his brain stem and had spread across his brain. He had a stage 4 glioblastoma brain tumour. It was aggressive and there was limited treatment available. He had an operation to try and reduce the size of the tumour, followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy but it soon came back. Alun passed away 15 months after being diagnosed.
The Facts and Figures
During his illness – and indeed since he died – family and friends have been active in raising money to fund much-needed research in to brain tumours. We were shocked to find out how woefully underfunded research in to this area is. Here are a few stats for you:
- Progress in research into brain tumours has been slow – since 1971 there has been an overall increase in survival of less than 10% for people with a high-grade brain tumour, one of the poorest improvements across all cancers.
- In 2016, in the UK, only 1.9% of £580 million spent by the government and largest cancer research charities was spent on brain tumours.
- 11,000 people each year are diagnosed with a brain tumour.
- In the UK 14 people a day die from a brain tumour.
- Brain tumours continue to kill more people under the age of 40 than any other cancer. They kill more children than leukaemia, more men under 40 than prostate cancer, and more women under 35 than breast cancer.
The last statistic is a real shock and yet so little money from the central pot goes towards research in this area.
(Source: The Brain Tumour Charity and Brain Tumour Research)
The Big Bandana Bake
As a family we have taken part in The Twilight Walks on three occasions. For anyone that has heard about them but never signed up I urge you to do so. The atmosphere is unique. There is such a special aura about them that I always feel that Alun is there walking alongside us. Harry has been too young to take part so I am looking forward to the Big Bandana Bake as this is an event that we can do together. The fact that Alun had a sweet-tooth makes this even more fitting. As you can tell by my blog Harry and I love baking, so the plan is to invite family and friends over and serve up a few home-made sweet treats – for a donation of course.
I have even bought the bandana so that I look the part. I promise that no matter how silly I look I will post photo evidence to my social media accounts. It’s all for a good cause.
If you would like to take part then please click on this link: Big Bandana Bake Fundraising Information
Let’s raise some money and change lives.
In memory of Alun