parents and friends of a much-loved Stourbridge man who died from a
brain tumour have helped to boost vital research into brain tumours
at the University of Wolverhampton.
Popular painter and decorator Neil Gordon died, aged 45, in 2007
following a long battle with a recurring brain tumour. But on 14
December his parents, Peter and Mary, together with Neil's Appeal
 organiser Cassie Robinson, presented Brain
Tumour UK's Neuro-oncology Research Centre with £9,000
to fund ground-breaking research into the disease.
Family and friends of Mr Gordon raised the funds for ongoing
work at the Research Centre with a family fun day at Stourbridge
Rugby Club. Ms Robinson explained: “The weather for our fun day
couldn’t have been worse, but it didn’t dampen our spirits.
Comedienne Josie Lawrence was our special guest and she helped to
ensure that everyone had a wonderful time in memory of our
Professor John Darling, Dean of the School of Applied Sciences 
and a leading specialist in chemotherapy for brain tumours welcomed
the funds on behalf of national charity Brain Tumour UK .
“Ongoing funding for our work, raised by caring people from across
the UK, is making a real difference to brain tumour research,” he
expanding team is investigating both childhood and adult tumours in
collaboration with scientists across the world. The bottom line is
that increased funding increases the chances of finding new
treatments sooner – and they are desperately needed.”
“Research is extremely important,” agrees Ms Robinson. “I did a
lot of reading around on the subject and was shocked by how few
treatments were available for brain tumours. I didn’t feel that my
friend Neil had enough options and that’s why I wanted to make a
difference. Brain Tumour UK has a great team behind it and really
does make a difference, both in supporting people today and
researching treatments for the future.”
Mr Gordon's parents, Mary and Peter Gordon, also joined the lab
tour and paid tribute to the people of Stourbridge who backed the
fun day, saying: "We would like to thank everyone who so generously
supported Neil's Appeal and helped make a difference."
Brain Tumour UK has been funding research at Wolverhampton for
more than three years. Researchers are testing new molecules to
treat malignant brain tumours, investigating how non-malignant
tumours become cancerous and identifying the genetic causes of
childhood brain tumours.
For further information please contact:
Trevor Lawson, Head of Communications at Brain Tumour UK on
Notes to editors:
1. Popular Stourbridge painter and decorator Neil Gordon died,
aged 45, in 2007 following a long battle with a recurring brain
tumour. His death left a big whole in the lives of all that knew
him. The Neil's Appeal fun day was a fitting tribute to a lovely
man who was well loved and is sadly missed.
2. The School of Applied
Sciences (SAS) at the University of Wolverhampton has an
excellent national and international reputation for providing
high-quality, flexible teaching in all its subject areas, providing
practical working knowledge for a wide range of careers.
3. Brain Tumour UK is the leading, caring charity committed to
fighting brain tumours. Our personalised support is available
online, on the phone, by email and through friendly support groups.
Our scientific research improves the quality of life for brain
tumour patients and identifies better treatments. We raise
awareness to change things for the better, for everyone affected by
a brain tumour.
Image 1 - Professor John Darling receives a cheque for
£9,000 from Cassie Robinson, and Peter and Mary Gordon.
Image 2 - Professor John Darling demonstrates to Mary and
Peter Gordon, and Cassie Robinson, how new chemotherapy molecules
are mixed, ready for testing on brain tumour cells in the lab.
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