Family of Levi Ringer call for more help to fund vital research

Unveiling of a plaque in memory of Levi Ringer at Stanley St Peters School. Vicky Ringer and competition winner Maddie Cullen.
Unveiling of a plaque in memory of Levi Ringer at Stanley St Peters School. Vicky Ringer and competition winner Maddie Cullen.

The family of a six-year-old boy who died of a brain tumour are urging people to sign a petition calling for more research and funding into the illness.

Stanley St Peter’s School pupil Levi Ringer died in August 2006, just six weeks after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Start of the annual sponsored walk for charity Levi's Star - set up after six-year-old Levi Ringer died of a brain tumour. 'The group with Vicky & Layla Ringer at the front

Start of the annual sponsored walk for charity Levi's Star - set up after six-year-old Levi Ringer died of a brain tumour. 'The group with Vicky & Layla Ringer at the front

The youngster’s family have teamed up with brain charity Brain Tumour Research to lobby MPs on the need for more to be done to find treatments for the condition.

More than 50,000 people have so far signed the e-petition - and if the total reaches 100,000 by February 3 it could trigger a debate in the House of Commons.

Levi’s mum Vicky said brain tumours kill more people under 40 than any other cancer, yet receive just one per cent of government cancer research funding.

She said: “This is much less than other cancers and as a result, research into, and treatment for, brain tumours has not progressed like it needs to.”

Miss Ringer, along with Levi’s grandma Val and sister Layla, 10, have already visited Parliament to speak to MPs about the issue.

She added: “Only 20 people nationwide were invited to Parliament tell their stories of how brain tumours have affected their lives, so I was proud to have been one of them.”

Levi’s death inspired the launch of charity Levi’s Star, which helps children with brain tumours and their families and calls for more funding and research.

A blossom tree and memorial plaque dedicated to Levi have also been installed at Stanley St Peter’s after pupil Maddie Cullen won a competition to design improvements to the school grounds.

To find out more about Levi’s Star, log on to www.levisstar.co.uk

To sign the e-petition, log on to www.petition.parliament.uk/petitions/105560