Milton Keynes businessman, Keith Evans, visited Milton Keynes-based national charity Brain Tumour Research earlier this week to present an astounding £7,500 raised in memory of his son Keith Jr., who died from a brain tumour last year.
Diagnosed with inoperable glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) in March 2010, Keith Jr. was given only a 4% chance of living for more than five years, but fought hard to beat the odds.
During the five-and-a-half years before his death, he raised money for research into brain tumours, by completing gruelling bike rides from Land’s End to John O’Groats, and London to Paris.
“My son Keith was determined to raise money for a charity that, through research, strives to improve outcomes and options for those diagnosed with this devastating disease,” said Keith Evans.
“I am very proud of what Keith achieved, and the legacy that he built. To carry on Keith’s achievements and honour his memory, we recently held an auction and a group bike ride, and I am delighted to be able to hand over £7,500 today to Brain Tumour Research knowing that they will put it into dedicated and sustainable research, bringing us closer to a cure.”
Hugh Adams, Head of External Affairs for Brain Tumour Research, who received the cheque on behalf of the charity commented: “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 the disease. We are very fortunate to have people like Keith as supporters and fundraisers, and hope that he continues his efforts to fund vital research into brain tumours.”
Keith has also pledged to hold the #rideonkeith bike ride annually to continue raising money and awareness for Brain Tumour Research.
For more information on how you can get involved in raising money for Brain Tumour Research visit www.braintumourresearch.org/fundraising-for-vital-research