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Annabelle’s Story

Annabelle was diagnosed with DIPG (an aggressive brain cancer) in December 2016, she was 3 years old.

The doctors said, ‘There’s no treatment. Even with radiation, she has six to nine months to live. Go home and make memories’”.

However, like most parents Annabelle’s parent were unable to give up on hope and searched the internet for treatment.The family flew to Mexico in June 2017 to trial experimental chemotherapy at a clinic in Monterrey. After 10 rounds of treatment Annabelle’s tumour had shrunk to the point it could no longer be detected.

That was March 2018 but sadly the joy was short-lived, the tumour came back. Even in the midst of sickness and the frustration of a body failing her, her heart was thinking about others. She had the kindest heart which was full of love and generosity, Annabelle enjoyed giving more than receiving. Annabelle did well for a long time, but tragically, Annabelle died in January 2019.

Annabelle was a girly girl, she loved all things pink and sparkly. She enjoyed books and learning, dancing and dressing up. Annabelle also loved to collect rocks wherever she went.

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A gift of just £10 could help give support to a family who are struggling with a new diagnosis


A gift of  £25 per month could pay for a days pioneering research into rare brain tumours 


A gift of £50 could fund research into devastating brain tumours in a clinical trial 

DIPG brain tumours are currently an incurable and devastating cancer.

DIPG robs a child of their hearing, sight, movement, the ability to swallow and eventually their breathing. 

It’s only with your help that research into this devastating cancer is possible.

Joss Searchlight are funding vital research into the most life-threatening brain tumours. Please be part of our journey.


Along with providing financial grants to help families struggling with the expenses of having a child with cancer we also provide life changing support.

Support Workers who advise, visit and support families with compassion are an essential part of Joss Searchlight.

Family support is in our DNA, as the founding trustees know what an important part compassionate support played in helping them during their son’s illness and after his sad death.

We can’t fund research and we can’t support families without you. 


At Joss Searchlight we totally depend on donations. Donations enable us to fund vital brain tumour research, to find a cure for some of the rarest brain tumours, to campaign for better treatments and support families on their cancer journey when they need it most.

Research organisations need funding stability, they need to know that they have enough money coming in every month to allow them to do their incredibly important work. We need to pledge a certain amount of funding every year to make sure they’re able to do everything they can to find cures and treatment programmes for some of the hardest-to-treat brain tumours.

Children should enjoy their childhood
Not spend their lives fighting cancer

Help us find a cure for rare brain tumours. Give your support today

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