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Kate Cooper

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My story

[p]Hi, thanks for visiting my page. [/p][p]In some crazy, endorphin fuelled moment after finishing my first ever 10K race I decided to sign up for the Birmingham half marathon. Anyone who knows me will know that running doesn't come naturally to me. But since starting the coach to 5K programme a year ago I have surprised myself with what my body is (just about) capable of and I am determined to do this.[/p][p]This race will be a huge challenge for me, but also a great oportunity to raise some money for a fantastic cause. I am running to raise money for Thomas' Fund, set up in memory of a school friend's son who sadly passed away from cancer in November 2015 aged just 4 years old. [/p][p]Being a parent of two beautiful girls I can't imagine anything more heart-breaking than being unable to help them when they need me.  [/p][p]This is Thomas' story....[/p][p]Thomas was a lively and happy little boy who enjoyed his bikes, swimming and going to the beach. At just over 18 months old his appetite diminished and he started vomiting. After a few trips to the GP’s, paediatricians and A&E, Thomas was admitted to hospital in April 2013. An MRI scan revealed he had a tumour in the top of his spinal cord and extensive spread throughout the lining of his spinal cord and brain.[/p][p][lt]br /[gt]Two days later he had surgery on his spine to obtain a biopsy and had to lie flat for five days. The biopsy results weren’t clear but a diagnosis of pilocytic astrocytoma was made. The following week Thomas deteriorated again and required further neurosurgery to insert a shunt into his brain to drain fluid into his abdomen. He started chemotherapy two days later.[/p][p][lt]br /[gt]Over the following two years Thomas trialled four different chemotherapy protocols to try to gain control of the tumour. He suffered from pain, peripheral neuropathy, kidney damage, constipation, diarrhoea, sickness and a weakened immune system requiring numerous hospital admissions for antibiotics. In total Thomas had 77 doses of chemotherapy and 18 anaesthetics, 9 of which were for surgery. He had 2 admissions to PICU for complex seizures. Unfortunately the tumour continued to grow and Thomas suffered from behavioural changes, agitation, speech loss and seizures.[/p][p][lt]br /[gt]Given his problems, quality of life and failure to improve, it was decided to palliate Thomas in August 2015; he passed away in November 2015 at the age of 4.[lt]br /[gt]Since his death we have learnt that Thomas had a newly recognised type of tumour. The diagnosis of these tumours is notoriously difficult and due to their rarity there has been very little research done on either the tumour characteristics or which treatments are effective. It is a progressive disease with no effective treatment at the present time.[/p][p][lt]br /[gt]Please sponsor me so we can fund research into effective treatments and to help current treatments to have fewer side effects. [/p][p]Together we can make a difference. [/p][p][span=color: #000000; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px;]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/span][/p]

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Supporters

Oct 27, 2016

Anonymous

Well done Kate. xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 20, 2016

David and Imelda Williams

Thank you so much for doing so much to support Thomas' Fund.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 16, 2016

Em and G

Well done Kate

£10.00

Oct 15, 2016

Carly

Run like the wind and have fun xx

£13.10

Oct 15, 2016

The Williamsons xx

Good luck today Kate xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 13, 2016

Josie Byrne

Well done - it's a great cause!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 11, 2016

Kat, Alan and Caitlin

Go for it Kate! Lots of luck - you'll be fab xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 8, 2016

laura

How'd have thought you'd be a badass runner!

Oct 8, 2016

Katie Pearson

Run like crazy! :) xxx

Oct 7, 2016

Ellie T

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid