Brian Cross died on the 23rd September 2006 at the age of 62 from a tumour in his brain stem. He had intensive chemo and radiotherapy but after 12 months of treatment he lost his battle with the rare brain cancer.
Brian was an amazing husband, wonderful father and a loyal, generous friend. He was loved, admired and respected and was a part of so many people’s lives. A well known Norfolk entrepreneur who, achieved in his life of 62 years what the rest of us would struggle to fit into 124 years. He is perhaps best known in local circles for starting the Tavern Club in Dereham and bringing acts like Jimmy Hendrix to town in the 1960's.
During his illness we discovered how little there was known about brain tumours and Brian was particularly upset by the number of children he met in Addenbrookes suffering with brain tumours.
Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40, yet survival rates and treatment have barely changed in the last 40 Years - this isn’t good enough. Brain tumours are different from any other cancer, they affect the part that makes you ‘you.’ We all need to work together and unite to defeat this devastating disease.
In the 11 years since we lost Brian, we have been raising awareness and vital funds for research into brain tumours, supporting different projects around the Uk. We don’t have any overheads so every penny we raise goes straight to research projects and so far we have raised just over £900,000.
My daughter, Rosie, now works for The Brain Tumour Charity.
Thank you to everyone for their continued support.
Sally Cross, wife of Brian