Health

Grieving mum urging support for campaign to combat brain tumours soon after toddler Rowena’s struggle

THE grieving mum of a toddler who died from a mind tumour is urging men and women to consider part in a countrywide fundraising campaign to find a treatment for the ailment.

Rowena Robbins was just four a long time aged when she died, seventeen months right after getting diagnosed with an inoperable brain stem glioma. Two many years following her death, her mum Elaine is operating with the national charity Brain Tumour Research to inform her daughter’s story.

Elaine and her husband Robert Rust, from Winchester, are supporting this year’s Wear A Hat Day which normally takes location on Thursday, twenty ninth March.

Use A Hat Working day has elevated far more than a million lbs because it was introduced by Brain Tumour Analysis nine several years ago and is the culmination of Mind Tumour Recognition Thirty day period in March.

The big working day will see faculties, workplaces, people and people across the Uk fundraising and having component in enjoyable activities to increase awareness of mind tumours and aid fund life-saving analysis.

Elaine and Robert had been amongst those thanked by businesswoman, model and mind tumour survivor Caprice Bourret at the formal start of the marketing campaign on March 3 – the working day prior to what would have been Rowena’s 24th birthday.

Caprice underwent surgery to remove a minimal-quality brain tumour which was identified a year in the past and proceeds to be monitored by her healthcare team.

Launching Use A Hat Day 2018, she mentioned: “I have been so touched by Rowena’s tale. It is a unhappy fact that mind tumours have an effect on so many individuals and that this devastating ailment is indiscriminate and can influence any person at any age – I never even utilised to get headaches ahead of I was diagnosed.

“I’m very pleased to be working with Elaine and so numerous other people to assistance Use A Hat Working day. I want everybody to get included! It’s this kind of a enjoyable function and any individual can take element. Let’s all set our hats on and do something good to keep in mind Rowena and support the fantastic research heading on correct now. I’m identified to attempt to make a distinction for the 16,000 men and women identified with a brain tumour every single yr.”

Elaine stated: “It is only now, twenty a long time later, that I am in a position to discuss about what took place to Rowena. It is shocking to discover that there is even now no treatment and that brain tumours destroy much more kids and grownups beneath the age of forty than any other cancer but just 1 per cent of the nationwide commit on cancer analysis has been allotted to this devastating illness.

“I have ultimately identified the words and phrases to tell Rowena’s story in the hope it will aid others. We should find a cure for this condition which has torn my family members aside, leaving a crevice which cannot be loaded and individuals of us who remain with a legacy of despair. It is so desperately sad that Rowena didn’t get the possibility to grow up.”

Other substantial-profile names supporting Use A Hat Day 2018 together with Caprice are television, radio and stage performer, Debbie McGee, who lost partner Paul Daniels to a mind tumour in 2016 and actor and creator Sheila Hancock CBE, whose grandson survived a childhood brain tumour. Specsavers will be supporting Dress in A Hat Day 2018 as an official sponsor for the 1st time.

Resources raised through Dress in A Hat Day 2018 will produce the charity’s community of entire world-course mind tumour analysis centres in the British isles.

To get concerned, or donate, visit: www.wearahatday.org or textual content HAT to 70660 to donate £5