Family launch £1 million drive to save victims of brain cancer that killed mother
David Taylor, father of Sue Blasotta, set up In Sue's Name, to continue his daughter's legacy of raising funds for cancer research after she died from brain cancer. In Sue's Name, which has partnered with national charity, Brain Tumour Research, has launched a £1 million campaign to fund research at Queen Mary University of London where it will be supporting vital research into the most aggressive and lethal form of brain tumour, glioblastoma multiforme – the brain tumour type which killed his daughter.
David set up In Sue's Name in 2014, having been shocked to discover the lack of awareness and chronic underfunding of research into brain tumours.
"I can still remember my complete shock and disbelief when I discovered that brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease. This is unacceptable. We hope that funds and awareness raised In Sue's Name will lead to more effective treatments for brain tumour patients and ultimately a cure. It costs £1 million to fund a year of research – that's £2,740 per day! Today, the charity supports one of the UK's largest collaboration of laboratory-based brain tumour scientists, working across a network of four Research Centres of Excellence. Our campaigning at Westminster has driven the formation of a Government Task and Finish Working Group, raising awareness at the highest levels."
Brain Tumour Research is campaigning to see the national spend on brain tumour research increased to £35 million a year, in line with breast and leukaemia, in order to advance treatments and ultimately find a cure.
Faith in God helped David to set up a life-saving charity In Sue's Name
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