Local man raised almost $4,000 for brain tumour research  - The Coventry Observer

Local man raised almost $4,000 for brain tumour research 

Coventry Editorial 15th May, 2024   0

A WARWICKSHIRE man raised almost £4,000 to fund finding a cure for brain tumours.

Scott Sidwell who was diagnosed with a glioblastoma and died aged, 27 in June 2022 – less than a year after his diagnosis.

His brother, Luke was invited by Brain Tumour Research on May, 1, to find out how his fundraising will support scientists looking for a cure.

Luke said: “Scott and I were very close, there were only 11 months between us and we were in the same year at school so people often thought we were twins.

“I feel like I have not only lost my brother, but my best friend.

“Before Scott was diagnosed, I was oblivious to brain tumours.”

In September, Luke took on an epic climbing and cycling challenge, scaling Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales – covering 180 in three days.

The fundraiser finished on what would have been Scott’s 29th birthday (September, 10).

Luke and his partner were given the opportunity to tour the labs at Queen Mary University of London, led by principal investigator Professor Silvia Marino.

They visited the wall of hope where a tile is dedicated to Scott.

Louise Aubrey, community development manager for Brain Tumour Research, said: “We’re really grateful to Luke for his incredible support and generosity in his brother’s memory.

“Just 12 per cent of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years compared with an average of 54 per cent across all cancers, yet, just 1 per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease since records began in 2002. This has to change.”

Visit: braintumourresearch.org/fundraise/sponsor-a-day to find out more about sponsoring.


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