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Teigan’s Story

Teigan was sporty, active and adventurous, her favourite activities we gymnastics and horse riding. She love unicorns, rainbows and rabbits. Teigan was funny and mischievous, always kind  and caring, she loved spending time with her siblings. 

At the start of lockdown nine year old Teigan started to feel dizzy and suffered slurred speech. After falling down stairs her mum, Lois called an ambulance. It was then that the family were given the devastating news that Teigan had a terminal brain tumour, DIPG.

Her mum Lois, said: “I felt like I had the weight of the world on my shoulders. My life couldn’t have got much worse at that time. I honestly didn’t know how we would make it through the day. We were in the coronavirus lockdown, I was 36 weeks pregnant, and my eldest daughter had been diagnosed with a brain tumour”

The doctors told the family that there was no treatment to save her however Teigan’s mum, Lois, said the family explored  every possible option” after Teigan responded to radiotherapy. “We want to give our little girl the chance at life she deserves,” said Lois.

Teigan fought DIPG (brain cancer) for seven months. Teigan was part of a clinical trial in Zurich. She fought with tenacity and courage and barely complained. However at one particularly low point she said to her mum “this is like torture”. So strong and bright Teigan had so much more to give to the World. 

Teigan tragically died on 6th December 2020. Lois said “She has left a hole in our hearts”

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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

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