Neil Danziger, a father of two, faced a life-altering diagnosis when he experienced lightheadedness and a peculiar smell of burning matches and fireworks in December 2020. Concerned and aware of his family’s health history, Neil sought medical advice, only to receive the devastating news of a brain tumor. Undeterred, Neil embraced his optimism, driven by the small size of the tumor, and prepared to overcome the challenges ahead.
In February 2021, Neil underwent a critical operation at The Wellington Hospital to remove the tumor. The medical team successfully completed the procedure, believing the tumor had been completely eradicated. Despite some post-operative discomfort, Neil remained hopeful for his recovery.
Subsequent analysis revealed mutated cells associated with high-grade diffuse midline gliomas within the tumor initially diagnosed as a low-grade pilocytic astrocytoma. Neil’s medical team recommended a more aggressive treatment approach. He underwent combined radiotherapy and chemotherapy for six weeks, followed by an additional six months of chemotherapy, all the while maintaining his unwavering determination.
Neil’s journey inspired him to raise over £16,000 for Brain Tumor Research, a cause close to his heart. His remarkable efforts led to an invitation for him and his wife Victoria to visit the prestigious Centre of Excellence at Queen Mary University of London in February 2022. Their visit served as a testament to Neil’s resilience and dedication to raising awareness and funds for brain tumor research.
The hospital where Neil received treatment is at the forefront of glioblastoma (GBM) research, a focus on finding a cure for this aggressive brain tumor. Neil’s participation in the Brain Tumour Research Walk of Hope fundraiser contributed significantly, with each step funding a day of research. Despite completing chemotherapy, Neil joined supportive friends on a 13-mile walk across London, symbolizing a remarkable accomplishment in his personal journey.