Ali's Dream charity was set up by Alison Phelan's family and friends to raise funds for research into discovering the causes, advancing treatments and finding a cure for childhood brain tumours.

Sadly this was spurred on by the loss of Alison at the beginning of June 2001, three weeks before her eighth birthday. Ali was diagnosed with a brain tumour in August 2000. Her family did not give up hope, exploring many avenues to find their miracle cure. They discovered that there is very little research being undertaken in this particular cancer area. The chances of finding a cure in the next five years are very remote. What's more, after accidents, brain tumours are now the biggest cancer killer of children under fifteen.

Having lost Ali, the family are united in grief, but also united in the determination to do something so that a cure can be found sooner rather than later. The following have kindly agreed to be patrons: Lorraine Kelly (TV presenter), David Connolly (Republic of Ireland and Wigan footballer), Mr & Mrs Colin Montgomerie (Golfer), Susan Hampshire (Actress), Sheila Hancock (Actress)
Ali's Dream needs your help in the fight against childhood brain tumors by way of donation. If you would like to help us in this fight, please click on the button below and donate using Just Giving.

It only takes a minute and will help us more than you can imagine in our battle against this dreadful illness.

Everyone working for Ali's Dream is voluntary, therefore every penny donated goes directly towards research into finding a cure.

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Raising Awareness

We are delighted that we have engaged the support of John Bercow, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, who was touched by Ali's story and the plight of families who have lost children to this dreadful disease. His support kicked off with the first ever debate on childhood brain tumours in the House of Commons on 26th April 2004, in which he raised the issues and suggested the establishment of a screening programme.

Support is being sought from other all party MP's across the UK.

26th April 2004 - An adjournment debate on the issues faced by the brain tumour community

Together with fellow UK Brain Tumour charities, Ali's Dream seeks to raise public awareness, and increase funding to provide:

  • Education for GP's and to establish a screening programme

  • Information for patients and carers

  • Specialised professional support particularly adult and paediatric neuro-oncology nurses

  • Support for patients and carers, emotional, physical and financial

  • Research into discovering the causes, advancing treatments and finding a cure

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