From Andrea's Gift to BTRS
In October 2001 Andrea Key was told by doctors that she had an aggressive brain tumour, and she was given twelve months to live. On 16 May 2002, aged 42, Andrea died as a result of that tumour. Andrea's gift to the world she left behind was the formation of a charity that would provide support for brain tumour patients and their families and the hope of new treatments and possibly a cure through dedicated research at the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine.
In 2011 Andrea's Gift changed its name but none of its values when it became BTRS - Brain Tumour Research and Support across Yorkshire.
About Andrea Key
Andrea, like all who succumb to a brain tumour, was more than just a name. When she lost her fight with that tumour – a highly malignant grade 4 glioblastoma – she was the mother of two teenage children. She had a job that took her around the world and a life that made every moment count – swimming, dancing, water skiing, fell walking.
Andrea’s love was for life, and she was fiercely independent with it. Then, the tumour hit. The independent woman had to be cared for and her quality of life diminished as the disease progressed. During her last Christmas, in 2001, the fits began and she was diagnosed epileptic. Family and friends cared for her 24/7, but by now they feared the worst. They watched helplessly as the disease took control of her body and her life. Her personality, though, was never eclipsed and her dignity, bravery and strength were and remain an inspiration to so many. Ultimately, the tumour took away Andrea’s life in May 2002. It is in her name, and for the honour and hope of so many in the future, that BTRS is taking on the battle direct – we owe this much to everyone fighting brain tumours in Yorkshire today and tomorrow.