- Anita and Colin Smith’s beautiful twin daughter Charlotte was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour in May 2007, just 4 days after her 16th birthday. The surgeon who operated on Charlotte told us that her prognosis was poor. Seven months later, whilst on chemotherapy, she was diagnosed with a second brain tumour.
Charlotte began a new treatment in March 2008. Very sadly, she lost her battle against this wicked disease after such amazing courage and bravery on 21st April 2008, exactly one month before her 17th birthday. Through her Fund of Hope, Charlotte’s battle continues to help others. This was one of her wishes. One thing you learn is that you never stop looking for a cure.
Charlotte’s I believe I can Fund of Hope is raising money to support the UK’s first nationally accessible brain tumour tissue bank at Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. Charlotte’s fund has also funded laboratory research and translational medicine at the University of Portsmouth. brainstrust is proud to be supporting Charlotte’s family.
Support Charlotte’s Fund
Anita, Colin and Jack, Charlotte’s twin brother, fundraise tirelessly with brainstrust for Charlotte’s Fund of Hope and have so far raised £60,000. Their efforts are funding the UK’s first nationally accessible brain tumour tissue bank at Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, and have also funded brain tumour research at Portsmouth University.
Launched on the 20th September 2011, the bank is the first of its kind, acting as a repository of clinical information for all scientific, academic and commercial researchers across the UK.
This means that, for the first time, researchers from any organisation, irrespective of location, will be able to directly access tissue to test for sensitivity to chemotherapy, for genetic links and to identify key markers for treatment that will, it is hoped, increase treatment options for future brain tumour patients.
Your donations to Charlotte’s Fund of Hope make it possible for the bank to stay open. So, please, click here to make a donation today, letting us know your donation is for Charlotte’s Fund of Hope.
‘But I Do Love You’
Charlotte loved to sing and she recorded herself singing But I Do Love You by LeAnn Rimes with her brother Jack on guitar. Listen to the clip below to hear Charlotte’s beautiful voice…
Buy your copy of Charlotte’s song and support Charlotte’s I believe I can Fund of Hope by phoning HQ on 01983 292 405.
You can also buy online, it’s fast, easy and secure with Google Checkout or Paypal. All proceeds go to Charlotte’s Fund of Hope, please give more if you can to support her campaign.
Charlotte’s CD is available for £5 (minimum donation).