A GRANDMOTHER is hoping that the memory of her grandson who died of a brain tumour can be a driving force for change.

Little Logan Maclean's life was cruelly cut short at only three-years-old in October 2017 after suffering from a condition called DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma).

Gran Fiona Govan believes much more needs to be done to raise the profile of the condition and more money needs to be ploughed in to find a cure for all childhood cancers - and has taken her fight for change to the Scottish Parliament.

Cunninghame North MSP Kenneth Gibson this week tabled a motion in Holyrood backing her campaign, with a petition launched to rally further support.

Fiona said: “When childhood cancer entered our family's life we became aware of the lack of progress, not just for DIPG but also for some other childhood cancers, especially on relapse and the woeful lack of funding for research.

“My grandson deserved to grow up. He was diagnosed with a fatal brain tumour and no meaningful progress has been made towards a cure for his condition in decades.

“Logan received the same palliative treatment in 2016, after he was diagnosed, that astronaut Neil Armstrong’s daughter received in 1962.

"He is very much the driving force behind the campaign. It can never take away the loss but if we could do something positive to drive change it would be a fitting tribute to Logan."

Logan was taken to the doctor by mum Sapphire after developing a limp and doctors diagnosed a sprained ankle. However it was a symptom of a rare brain tumour seen mostly in young children – and one year later the Largs tot was dead.

Since the tragedy his family have fought for more to be done to tackle childhood cancer..

Fiona said: "We really need to spend money now to do our best to help children in future.

"Through my petition hopefully more money can be directed towards it, and even better, a cure could hopefully be found.

"I would like to thank both Kenneth Gibson and MP Patricia Gibson for all their support."

Fiona also says that Cancer Research UK allocate less than two per cent of their funding to childhood cancer studies.

She added: "In the last six years 77 new drugs have been developed for adult cancers, yet in the last 77 years only three cancer medications have been specifically developed for children."

Adrian Houghton, The Brain Tumour Charity’s policy officer, said: “Fiona and her family have gone through a devastating ordeal with Logan’s death, an experience we far too often aware of.

“Their determination in raising awareness of this terrible disease and fighting for more research into brain tumours, is an inspiration and a source of hope for so many other families in our community facing a frightening diagnosis.

“It’s through the efforts of people like Fiona and her family, that we can change these shocking statistics in the future and bring hope to the thousands of people who are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year.”

You can sign the petition here: https://www.parliament.scot/GettingInvolved/Petitions/curechildhoodcancer