Rugby dad continues brain tumour research campaign in memory of son - The Rugby Observer

Rugby dad continues brain tumour research campaign in memory of son

Correspondent 14th Jan, 2017   0

A BEREAVED dad has kept up the pressure in his campaign to increase investment into brain tumour research.

Peter Realf, whose son Stephen passed away in August 2014 at the age of 26, attended a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on brain tumours.

Peter, along with wife Liz and daughter Maria, has been campaigning with charity Brain Tumour Research to highlight inequalities in cancer research funding which have resulted in harder-to-treat cancers like brain tumours being left behind.

The Rugby family were the driving force behind an online petition which attracted an unprecedented number of signatures, and the launch of a Task and Finish Working Group led by the Department of Health.

The group, focusing on research into brain tumours, will meet for the second time this month and Peter was among patients, carers, charities and politicians who attended the APPG meeting with the hope of influencing the Task and Finish Group.

Peter said: “We owe it to Stephen and to the many other families who have been affected by brain tumours to continue the pressure in highlighting the dreadful underfunding of research into this neglected cancer.

“It is imperative that we continue to maintain the momentum which has been building in order to redress the issues with the aim of improving outcomes for patients and, eventually, finding a cure.”

Sue Farrington Smith, Chief Executive of Brain Tumour Research, said: “It is crucial that we significantly increase the investment in brain tumour research and improve outcomes for patients.

“Following years of dedicated campaigning, we now have the attention of the Government and we are determined to see progress.

“Brain Tumour Research is calling for the national investment in brain tumour research to be increased to £30-£35million per annum. Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.”


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