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Kate Fanning

2019 London Marathon

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]My dad died on my 35th birthday. 15th May 2018.[/p][p]‘Dads and their daughters’ everyone says. It’s true. I’m heartbroken.[/p][p]11 years ago, dad was diagnosed with an olaphactory neuroblastoma - a huge (and rare) growth in the cavity behind the nose and in the sinuses. He had surgery, up through his nostrils. They took chunks of the growth out, kept samples; he said it was grey. He had radiotherapy and things were deemed stable.[/p][p]In October 2017, his eyesight began to fail. The tumour was active again, and was growing aggressively, wrapping around the optic nerves and turning his world dark. After more tests though, we had amazing, unbelievable news; there had been a misdiagnosis first time around…The growth was a benign prolactinoma - a tumour of the pituitary gland and was treatable with simple tablets in 85% of cases. I read the text from him at work, sensing his disbelief. Marisa, a good work friend, and I hugged. Cried. Celebrated.[/p][p]By March though, things hadn’t gotten better. His sight was nearly gone and he was constantly attached to my mum for guidance. He came to London for a second opinion and the conclusion was that surgery was the only option left. The tablets hadn’t worked. That was the last time I would talk to him.[/p][p]I flew to Dublin the evening of his brain surgery and my mum met me at the airport - she was pale, her padded coat swamped her - and the news was not good. He had a very large bleed on the brain after surgery and they had to operate again. In the weeks that followed, I travelled over a few times more. He never did wake up but we got some nods, a raised eyebrow, a hand or a leg moving… we clung to hope. We prayed. We cried. ‘Where’s that Fanning spirit?’ my mum whispered in his ear with a wobbly voice.[/p][p]After 5 weeks and numerous bleeds and interventions, his body simply said ‘too much’. [/p][p]I was out for my birthday dinner the night he died. As we we walking into the restaurant, Sam stopped me and said ‘your mum texted me asking if I was with you, she needs to talk to you’. I knew. [/p][p]The brain is so complex, so little is understood. A test revealed later that it was likely a malignant sarcoma was also at play. I’m running the marathon in dad's memory, hoping to raise a little bit of money to go towards more understanding of the brain. It gives us the ability to love and laugh. To miss and grieve.[/p][p]‘Dads and their daughters’ everyone says. [/p][p]He’ll be with me every step of 26.2 miles.[/p][p][br][/p][p][i]Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer in the under 40s[/i][/p][p][i]10,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with Parkinson’s every year[/i][/p][p][i]MS affects 100,000 people in the UK [/i][/p][p][i]There are 190,000 migraine attacks every day in the UK [/i][/p][p][br][/p]
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Jun 8, 2019


Well-done Kate! All for a good cause, rooting for you as always x

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 4, 2019


From Eleanor & Stephen Parker

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 30, 2019


£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 29, 2019

Jennifer McEvoy

Well done Kate on such an amazing achievement. I was so sorry to read your story& know your Dad would have been so proud of you yesterday Xx


Apr 29, 2019


An amazing achievement Kate, i'm sure your dad gave you strength every step of the way. Wishing you peace and happiness. xxx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

Helen Devine


Apr 28, 2019

Row and Hannah

Kate you are smashing it! Best of luck xxx

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

Stephen and Caroline

Have a great run today Kate. Well done on all your training.

£26.20 plus £6.55 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

London Dinsmores

Well done, a really nice way to remember a great man! Thinking of you all

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

Katherine Hall

Good luck Kate, you will be brilliant! Will be thinking of you and your poor legs!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid