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Headsmart Campaign One Year On - V2

16 December 2016

Tasha Floyd, one of our first Young Ambassadors, who died at the end of 2015 at the age of 24, donated her brain to medical research.

Early in 2015, she took a lead role in launching our five year strategy, Defending Brain Tumours.

Tasha was a remarkable young woman who when faced with an impossible task, always found a way to make it possible. The following words are her own

When I was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 16, I was given no hope. The doctors told my parents I would live for a year, at most. January 2015, a scan showed that the tumour was back. I was told for the second time to fear the worst. But i’m not ready to give up. I will never accept there is no hope. That’s why I’m so passionate about supporting The Brain Tumour Charity

Sadly Tasha lost her eight year battle on 1 December 2015 but right to the end she was smiling and fighting to survive.

On 3 December 2015 her last gift was to donate her brain to further help research into Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas. Survival rate for these brain stem Gliomas is 9-12 months and there are less than 0.25% of survivors worldwide who survive to five years.

Sadly Tasha lost her eight year battle on 1 December 2015 but right to the end she was smiling and fighting to survive.

On 3 December 2015 her last gift was to donate her brain to further help research into Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas. Survival rate for these brain stem Gliomas is 9-12 months and there are less than 0.25% of survivors worldwide who survive to five years.

As parents we know the difficulties in imagining the process of brain donation; we understand the dilemma of someone carrying out the process on your child; we recognise the difficulty of making this decision and seeing it through.