Press Release – Brain Tumour Support New Zealand
Brain Tumour Support NZ has announced a series of events to mark International Brain Tumour Awareness Week (24 – 31 October).
Brain Tumour Support NZ trustee Chris Tse is hosting a Wellington high tea at the Bolton Hotel. Chris’s wife Lynda is a long term survivor of a glioblastoma multiforme, the most common and aggressive form of brain cancer in adults.
“When Lynda was diagnosed 14 years ago, the median survival time for glioblastoma patients was just over 12 months.” Chris explains. “Unfortunately that statistic still applies today as the survival rates for brain cancer have not improved significantly in more than 30 years,” Chris said.
Chris puts this down mainly to an inequity in research funding. “New treatments for breast cancer and melanoma have pushed their 5-year survival rates to 90% or higher . Currently, only 1 in 20 patients with glioblastoma will survive longer than five years,” Chris says.
The chair of Brain Tumour Support NZ, Mandy Bathan, explains that advocacy is one of the core activities of the charity. “Brain tumour patients in New Zealand need a voice,” she says. “We feel it is an honour and a privilege to represent the brain tumour patient community so that their needs and concerns are heard,” Mandy said.
Mandy is hosting the Nelson high tea, which has sold out. Tickets for the other events are still available and can be booked at: https://www.braintumoursupport.org.nz/events 
Brain Tumour Support NZ is also encouraging Kiwis to get together during the International Brain Tumour Awareness Week with friends and family over a barbeque, a morning tea at work, weekend brunch or a sausage sizzle. Any activity to bring people together and raise awareness about brain tumours is welcomed.
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