George was 41 when he collapsed, on what seemed to be a normal day at the office.
Scans revealed he had a malignant brain tumour and it quickly became apparent that he was suffering from a very aggressive form of the disease. The Consultants all agreed that the tumour was inoperable, and the prognosis was poor.
George’s gruelling round of treatments started in September 2008; six weeks of radiotherapy, followed by ten months of chemotherapy, six of those months were combined with a brand new drug Avastin which really helped his quality of life.
Following his diagnosis, George was able to live for nearly 18 months. His strong constitution and the need to be with his three young children, wife, family and friends kept George fighting.
But sadly,despite his incredible courage and bravery, he died on 28th March 2010.
Throughout this time it became clear to us how little was known about George’s condition. The consultants were often as baffled as we were about some of his symptoms. Some internet research led us to the startling realisation that there is little awareness of the disease and a serious lack of funding for research.
To that end we would like to create and fund a research fellowship in George’s name – The George Pickard Fellowship.
This will allow research into brain tumours to take place at Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre at Charing Cross Hospital in London. It costs around £20,000 to undertake one year of research. The aim of the fellowship will be to fund this research for a minimum of three years, which we will do through the “brain tumour research campaign” and brainstrust
Maybe, one day, someone diagnosed with George’s condition will be able to survive. We are therefore asking you to contribute to a fund to be created in George’s name.
Royal Parks Half Marathon – 10 October 2010 – George’s Birthday Run
To kick start the fund raising a large group of George’s friends and family will be running the Royal Parks Half Marathon which coincidentally would have been his birthday! Click here to find out more
George would have been 44 on the 10th October 2010, and our aim is to raise at least £44,000 – a thousand pounds for every year of his life.
How to give
Or send cheque made payable to the George Pickard Fellowship to:
4 Yvery Court
Isle of Wight