The family of trainee RAF pilot Stephen Realf who tragically died from a brain tumour aged 26 in 2014 are encouraging people to support Wear A Hat Day to raise funds for brain tumour research.
The awareness-raising event, on March 24, supports long-term, life-saving research into the killer disease.
Stephen's sister Maria obtained more than 100,000 names on a petition launched in his memory – calling for more funding for research into brain tumours - to prompt a Government debate.
A House of Commons Petitions Committee report on funding for research into brain tumours concluded that; “For too long, funding for brain tumour research has been inadequate and not given sufficient priority.”
Maria said: "My brother was RAF all the way through. Brain tumours are now the biggest cancer killer of children and young adults, yet receive a pitiful 1.5 per cent of the national total spend on research into cancer."
The organisers of Wear A Hat Day, who aim to fund brain tumour research in the same way as leukaemia, breast and other cancers, say more people under 40 die of a brain tumour than any other cancer.
The campaign aims to raise £7 million this year.
For more details visit: braintumourresearch.org/wearahatday, call: 01908 867200 or write to: Brain Tumour Research, Suite 3, Shenley Pavilions,
Chalkdell Drive, Shenley Wood, Milton Keynes, MK5 6LB.
Editor: Tracey Allen
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