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In October 2012, our family got the devastating news that my grandad had glioblastoma multiforme, the most common and most aggressive malignant primary brain tumour. After the hardest 10 months of our lives watching the strongest, most amazing person we all knew (not many people would be eating pie and mash an hour after brain surgery!) fight something he knew he couldn't win, he passed away in August 2013 and not a day goes by where we don't miss him.
He was more than just a grandad - he was a second dad, a best friend and the one that always helped me achieve anything I wanted to do. I wouldn't be half the person I am if it wasn't for him, and seeing how strong he was during his entire battle, right until the end, is just another reason he is one of the biggest inspirations in my life, and shows exactly why he managed to touch the lives of everyone he ever met - and now I feel it's my time to give back and do something to help honour his memory, and help other families that go through what we have.
25 people every day are diagnosed with a primary brain tumour, and almost 5,000 people lose their lives to a brain tumour every year.
Research offers the only real hope of dramatic improvements in the diagnosis, treatment and management of brain tumours. Over £500 million is spent on cancer research in the UK every year, yet less than 2% of that is spent on brain tumours.
Because of this, myself, my dad and my auntie are doing the Great North Run to try and raise as much as we can for a woefully underfunded cause.
Our efforts might not make a huge difference, but we'll be doing everything we can to raise as much funding as possible for The Brain Tumour Charity, a cause so close to our hearts, and hopefully honouring my grandad's memory in the best way in the process, just like someone as amazing as him deserves.
You can read more about The Brain Tumour Charity here:
I'll be posting about any fundraising ideas and activities on both my business Facebook page and blog, for anyone interested in keeping up with our efforts: