• STV
  • MySTV

Scotland cricketer reveals battle with brain tumour

Con de Lange and family launch fundraising drive for charity after friend's death.

Con de Lange: More than £8000 already raised.
Con de Lange: More than £8000 already raised. SNS Group

The family of Scotland cricketer Con de Lange have announced he has a brain tumour as they started a fundraising drive for charity.

The 37-year-old was given the diagnosis at the start of the year but has only decided to go public after the recent death of a friend.

His family said they want positivity rather than sympathy and have launched an appeal to support a "massively under-funded cause" in the Brain Tumour Charity.

More than £8000 has been raised in a JustGiving appeal.

Mr Lange's wife Claire wrote: "Con and I are usually very private people, but sometimes you need to reach out to your friends.

"Ten months ago our lives were turned upside down when Con was diagnosed, completely out of the blue, with a brain tumour.

"This year has been tough, to say the least, with an operation, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, a clinical trial, and a few hospital admissions along the way.

"With the recent loss of a good friend we had made along the way, we have been inspired to raise money for this charity that needs your help. Every year, 16,000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour. Nobody is immune.

'Ten months ago our lives were turned upside down when Con was diagnosed, completely out of the blue, with a brain tumour'
Claire de Lange

"Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer. And only 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease."

Cricket Scotland are supporting the family.

Chief executive Malcolm Cannon said: "Cricket Scotland continues to support Con and his family and we have respected his wishes for confidentiality throughout this difficult period.

"Con has been a superb servant to the game of cricket in Scotland and is a very popular member of the squad.

"We are now delighted to help the cause by spreading the word throughout the broader cricketing family both at home and overseas and we know there will be an overwhelming level of support from this close-knit community."

The family are organising a walk to support their fundraising efforts.

Sarah Lindsell, The Brain Tumour Charity's chief executive, added: "Our warmest wishes and support are with Con de Lange after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

"We are so grateful that he had his wife Claire are fundraising for us to help us in our mission to defeat this brutal disease.

"Like Con, 31 people a day will be diagnosed with a primary brain tumour - that's over 11,400 a year - and our five-year research strategy A Cure Can't Wait aims to double survival within ten years and halve the harm brain tumours have on quality of life."

Download: The STV News app is Scotland's favourite and is available for iPhone from the App store and for Android from Google Play. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
ShowHide
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on its website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.