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More cash for brain cancer research e-petition launched

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An e-petition has been started by Maria Lester in an appeal to lobby for more cash to be made available for research into brain cancer. The petition is being supported by Brain Tumour Research and the Leicester Tigers Rugby Club and comes following the death of former Loughborough Grammar School pupil, Michael Smith in November of last year.  27-year-old Michael lost his fight against cancer after battling with the disease for two and a half years. During that time, he seemed to be reacting well to chemo and radiotherapy, however he was informed by doctors that his tumour was terminal and no more could be done.

“one per cent of cancer research funding allocated to brain cancer”

Michael’s partner, 25-year-old Lauren Ridley from Barrow Upon Soar, is backing the appeal stating: “At the moment only about one per cent of cancer research funding is allocated to brain cancer. However, it is the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under the age of 40”.

Aylee Penn of Oadby, is also backing the campaign. Ms Penn lost her 13-year-old son Louis to a brain tumour in January of last year.  She is working with the Brain Tumour Research charity in an attempt to increase spending from £7.7 million to at least £30 million per annum.

In response to the petition the government has posted: “Government funders, charities and industry are working together to turn world leading research into vital new treatments for brain tumour patients”.

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