Please donate to help fund research into, and raise awareness of, glioblastoma multiforme.
At the end of June 2022, Team Charlotte, a team of colleagues from Cardinal Newman School, Hove, will be walking The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge! Amongst those taking part is Alex, trustee of Charlotte's BAG and mother to the late Charlotte, and Miles, chairperson of Charlotte's Bag and Charlotte's brother.
Charlotte’s BAG is one of the only UK charities focusing on raising funds for research into, and awareness of, glioblastoma multiforme. This very rare and currently nearly always terminal form of brain cancer can affect anyone of any age. However, the plasticity of the brain as it develops during adolescence means that enormous changes are taking place, making any treatment for glioblastoma even more challenging.
Brain cancer treatments have not progressed significantly since 1990, when temozolomide was first introduced. Brain cancer is significantly underfunded, with only ~1% of annual spending going towards research into cancers of the brain. This is one reason why there has been so little progress to date, unlike other cancers which have had massive investment and as a result seen survival rates increase dramatically.
Charlotte Eades died from glioblastoma in February 2016, just a week after her 19th birthday – but before her death Charlotte made a difference to thousands of other young cancer sufferers.
Why Charlotte’s BAG? BAG stands for Battle Against Glioblastoma, and Charlotte was a major handbag aficionado! We are committed to self-funding, meaning that EVERY penny raised goes towards research at Charlotte's Lab, King's College Hospital, London. In Charlotte's Lab, a team of scientists is using the money raised by Charlotte's BAG to ensure: 1.) That brain tumours are diagnosed with greater precision and accuracy, allowing for tailored treatments addressing the need of the patient and the best course of treatment for their specific type of tumour; 2.) A far quicker turn around of results to patients and clinicians. Sadly, some of Charlotte's biopsy results were not ready until after she had passed.
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Alex, Miles and Team Charlotte