Paul Potter

Paul's Cycling for Brain Tumour Research

Fundraising for Brain Tumour Research
£2,755
raised of £2,740 target
by 76 supporters
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Brain Tumour Research

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RCN England and Wales 1153487, Scotland SC046840
We fund long-term, sustainable research to find a cure for brain tumours

Story

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Last year I competed in the "Cycle 274 miles in August" fundraising challenge. It is still on-going! The 274 represents 10% of the amount it costs to sponsor a day of research at one of the Centres of Excellence:  https://www.braintumourresearch.org/fundraise/sponsor-a-day

In June this year I rode the Tour of Cambridgeshire 100 mile Sportive, and in August I hope to ride the 100 Tour du Mon Sportive in Anglesey for Brain Tumour Research.

There is also a Facebook page where donations can be made at: 

Cycle 274 Miles in August Challenge | Facebook

I started this JustGiving page on behalf of the charity because I was fortunate enough to live through my ordeal in November 2012, whereas others may not be so lucky!  

My story......

The first indication that I had a brain tumour occurred in October 2012.  I didn’t realise it was a brain tumour at the time, but I noticed that I was having regular and persistent sharp pains in my head, which appeared to be centred just behind my right eye in the right frontal area .

At the time, I was also making arrangements to commence treatment for prostate cancer with regular trips to London in order to resolve the issue through the Seafarer's Dreadnought unit of Guy’s & St. Thomas’ Hospital.

In October 2012 I had an MRI scan of my head just before I travelled to London to commence my prostate cancer treatment.  On arrival at the hospital in London the treatment was halted when the scan results showed that I had a ‘golf ball size’ tumour behind my right eye at the right frontal area.

In case it was cancerously linked with the prostate cancer, I had a craniotomy to remove the tumour at King’s College Hospital on 04 November 2012.  When it was finally determined that the tumour was benign, I then continued with the prostate cancer treatment.  I spent the recovery period after the craniotomy at St. Thomas’ Hospital and also at the Simon Patient Hotel next to St. Thomas’ Hospital.  This was a particularly stressful time for my family, and myself, and it was also particularly poignant considering that I also had a past medical history which included an intracerebral haemorrhage which was conservatively managed in 1988 at Morriston Hospital in Swansea.  I couldn’t help wondering whether the two brain conditions were linked!

I am happy to report that I have fully recovered from both the brain tumour removal, and the prostate cancer treatment, and consider myself very fortunate to still maintain sufficiently good health to continue cycling with no ongoing neurological deficit. 
Barring a couple of recent tumbles, I still cycle to this day, and I am therefore happy to fundraise for Brain Tumour Research via my favourite past time.

About the charity

Brain Tumour Research

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RCN England and Wales 1153487, Scotland SC046840
Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer. Just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this disease. We are a leading voice calling for support and action for research into what is called the last battleground against cancer.

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Total raised
£2,754.09
+ £276.25 Gift Aid
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£2,754.09
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£0.00

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