Sandy Marshall, one our amazing supporters, has raised funds to promote a new scan referral procedure for doctors treating patients with persistent headaches.
Sandy’s son Jack was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour last year. Keen to do something positive and to help others in the same situation, Sandy began fundraising. She, alongside the help of friend Shekina, went on to raise £2,292 from running Race for Life and a clothing sale.
“I’d raised the money and was determined that is should go somewhere it could make the most difference. I found brainstrust online, who support people affected by a brain tumour. I got in touch, and explained Jack’s story and the Charity said that my money could fund the open access publication of this research project that would eventually lead to patients getting quicker scans when they go to the doctors with a headache.”
The protocol that Sandy is funding is being developed by Professor Willie Hamilton, a Professor of Primary Care Diagnostics in Exeter and Robin Grant, a Consultant Neurologist in Edinburgh. It aims to introduce a new referral system, so that when people go to their local GP with persistent headaches, they can be sent for CT scans sooner. These scans can then detect abnormalities in the brain and thus lead to faster diagnosis.
The protocol has been successfully trialled in Edinburgh and proved successful and Sandy’s funds will mean it can have open access so that anyone can read it when it is published.
Sandy knows personally how important quicker diagnosis is. Jack had been experiencing headaches for years, but it wasn’t until he had a seizure that his tumour was discovered. With the protocol in place, Jack could have had a sooner diagnosis and treatment.
Will Jones, Director of Development at brainstrust says
“Sandy is amazing. Despite facing a mother’s worst nightmare, she’s taken action and is getting behind work that has the potential to help thousands of others. We know how important it is to detect brain tumours as soon as possible and that’s why this new protocol is vital. Sandy’s funds will allow it to reach more doctors, which could save lives in the future.”