Campaigners kick off brain tumour awareness month at Parliament - The Rugby Observer

Campaigners kick off brain tumour awareness month at Parliament

Correspondent 25th Mar, 2017   0

A YEAR of successful campaigning to increase funding into brain tumour research was marked by a Rugby family who lost their son to the disease.

Peter and Liz Realf, whose son Stephen died of a brain tumour aged 26, joined Mark Pawsey MP at The Speaker’s House in Westminster to kick off Brain Tumour Awareness month.

Last year, Peter, Liz and daughter Maria’s tireless campaigning saw a Parliamentary petition go all the way to the top, triggering a Parliamentary inquiry and debate into brain tumour funding.

A government working group has now been set up to look into the matter.

Peter Realf said: “We were very pleased to have our local MP, Mark Pawsey, supporting us at Westminster once again, hearing first-hand the difficulties faced by those living with brain tumours, and from Debbie McGee describing losing her husband, magician Paul Daniels, to a brain tumour last year.

“So much progress has been made in the last 12 months, and we are optimistic similar progress will continue throughout this year with the formation of the Minister’s Task and Finish Working Group on Brain Tumours.”

Mr Pawsey said: “It was an honour to join Peter, Liz and Maria in Parliament for Wear a Hat Day in support of Brain Tumour Research. Their determination to ensure that brain tumour research gets the recognition it deserves has really made a difference in this important field.”

“There is currently not enough investment into treatments and the basic understanding of this awful disease, and the UK should embrace funding and new ways of fighting this disease.

“I hope Brain Tumour Awareness month is a success in raising the public’s knowledge and funding for this devastating disease.”


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