William Low, a 17-year-old from Pinner, who was sadly lost to a brain tumour in 2017 is being remembered on the fourth anniversary of his death on August 11, with a significant donation to help find a cure for the disease.
William was five when he was diagnosed with an aggressive medulloblastoma brain tumour and despite fighting a stoic battle, passed away just six weeks before his 18th birthday.
Four years on from his death, William’s parents Helen and Craig, and his sister Harriet are delighted to announce The William Low Trust’s commitment to fund a research scientist to improve outcomes for other patients with this specific type of brain tumour.
The William Low Trust has announced its commitment to fund a PhD student over four years at a cost of £143,657. The researcher will be working within a team of experts at Brain Tumour Research’s Centre of Excellence at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), developing new treatment strategies to inhibit the progression of aggressive medulloblastoma.
Medulloblastoma is the most common high-grade brain tumour in children. Some 70 are diagnosed in the UK each year. The survival rate is 70 per cent for those whose tumour has not spread but it is almost always fatal in cases of recurrent tumour.
Helen, William’s mother, said: “Losing our William was and is so incredibly painful and heart-breaking. He went through gruelling treatment over 12 years and suffered from nausea every day, but he never complained.
“Setting up The William Low Trust, which has become a Member Charity of Brain Tumour Research, was our way of doing something positive for other families. Our dearest wish is that William’s legacy brings hope for families in the future, who are supporting a loved one who has been diagnosed with a brain tumour.”
The William Low Trust are also holding a Memorial Walk in Sarratt, on August 15 to mark the fourth anniversary of William’s death.
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