22-year-old Sheffield University student discovers his headaches are in fact incurable brain tumour

The friends of a Sheffield student are raising money for him to go travelling after the cause of his headaches turned out to be an incurable brain tumour.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 5:29 pm

Jacob Whitehead 22, a Sheffield Hallam University student, was suffering from severe headaches and went to hospital for a check up.

At hospital he was given the devastating news that his headaches were caused by an incurable brain tumour known as a Glioblastoma Multiform, or GBM.

In order to help him realise his life ambition of travelling the world during his life, his friends have organised a fundraiser to pay for it.

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Jacob Whitehead (22) has an incurable brain tumour.
Jacob Whitehead (22) has an incurable brain tumour.

Luke Walsh, who set up the fundraiser, explained: “This type of cancer is grade 4 and as such is very aggressive and often tricky to treat as it eventually spreads to other parts of the brain.

"This condition affects only 0.00321 per cent of the population. Or 3.21 individuals per 100,000 and has a 5 year survival rate of 20 per cent. GBM remains an incurable tumour type.

“As his friends we were all searching for some way in which we could lend a hand to Jacob through this particularly crappy patch and struggling to think how we could make this a less tough time and ensure that he is able to make some amazing memories.

“He had expressed his wishes to travel to places such as Australia, New Zealand and Japan (to name a few) and we wanted to give our mate something to look forward to, such as the trip of a lifetime which will help shine a light at the end of the tunnel following his treatment.”