Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40 and, whilst survival has doubled across all cancers, the ten year survival rates for brain tumours has improved little for adults in over 40 years at just 13% (one of the poorest of all cancers). Brain tumours also reduce life expectancy by an average of 20 years, the highest of any cancer. Despite these facts, less than 2% of the £500million invested in cancer research in the UK every year is spent on brain tumours. This must change. As the largest brain tumour charity globally, we are now uniquely positioned to catalyse such change. Defeating Brain Tumours is our five year strategy to drive a step change in improving the future for those affected by a brain tumour.
The Helen Foundation was launched in January 2006 as a living memorial to Helen Elizabeth Kirk, aged 24, who tragically died after a road accident on 26 December 2005.