Rose's Squad


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Team story

[p]*Update*: [/p][p]On 5 April 2020, we were supposed to be running the Manchester marathon but Covid-19 had other ideas. So we are trying again on 10th October 2021 - second time lucky (kind of!). [/p][p][br][/p][p]Although our reasons for running this marathon remain unchanged (to raise lots of much needed money for two brain tumour charities - see below), each of our lives have changed immeasurably since our last attempt. [/p][p][br][/p][p]Rose died on the morning of Wednesday 2nd December 2020. She was calm, peaceful and comfy, and with her family and her fiancé – surrounded by love. Rose lived her final weeks with the same strength, courage and humour as she did the rest of her life. She has been, and will continue to be, an inspiration to us all - especially as we try to get round all 26 miles on race day. [/p][p]—————————————[/p][p][b]On 5 April 2020, eight of us will be running the Manchester Marathon to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity and Brain Tumour Research. [/b][/p][p][b]Other than a distinct lack of running experience or athletic ability, the main thing that all eight of us have in common is that, last summer, our wonderful and utterly brilliant friend, Rose, was diagnosed with a brain tumour – an inoperable grade 4 glioblastoma (GBM), ‘Bobby’ for short.[/b][/p][p][b]At 27, Rose has been dealt a hand that no one, especially at our age, would or should ever expect to hold. But she has faced it with [/b][url=][b]unfaltering positivity, humour and determination [/b][/url][b]that has left the rest of us - her team - aching with pride and bursting with love. From biopsies and MRI scans, through to 30 sessions of radiotherapy and an ongoing, gruelling double chemo dose - a mere marathon pales in comparison so it felt like the least we could do…[/b][/p][p][b]To quote from Rose's own [/b][url=][b]blog[/b][/url][b] following her diagnosis: "[i]your brain is where you think, reason, feel, remember… Mind over matter presumes control, and one thing you don’t have with cancer is control." [/i]But with Rose leading by example, what we can control is our response to the reality of her diagnosis. So as we, a group of twenty-something* friends, try to navigate our way through this new, daunting and uninvited world together, we’ve done some thinking (and researching).[/b][/p][p][b]Apparently, someone receives a brain tumour diagnosis every two hours. Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, more women under the age of 35 than breast cancer and more people under the age of 75 than leukaemia. [/b][/p][p][b]Why, then, has only 1% of the annual national cancer research spend historically been allocated to better understanding brain tumours? In 2016/17, this equated to just £8.5 million, compared to the £46 million spent on breast cancer research (7%) and £35 million (6%) on researching leukaemia.[/b][/p][p][b]With the money to fund research, ten-year survival rates across most other cancers have doubled in the last 40 years. But at the current rate of spend on brain tumour research, it could take another 100 years for brain cancer treatments to catch up with developments in treatments for other cancers. We can’t wait a century.[/b][/p][p][b]Our conclusion - money really can save lives, lots of them. [/b][/p][p][b]Please dig deep and donate what you can to give the Brain Tumour Charity and Brain Tumour Research what they need to find a cure.[/b][/p][p][b]Thank you [/b][/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Rose’s Squad [/b][/p][p](Tom Moss, Steph ‘Sops’ Siddall, Matt Belshaw, Anna Iacoponi, Matt Hutson, Sabrina Klein, Tom New, Chloë Ashby and Kim Meadowcroft... not to mention Rose Acton (Head of Fundraising and Chief Cheerleader) and everyone else who is sharing this page in support of our Rose 🌹) [/p][p]*Correction note - Tom New is apparently in his thirties. Sorry for any confusion caused and [b]Tom[/b], commiserations to you.[/p]
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Nov 1, 2021


I am terribly sorry for your loss, and full of admiration for the incredible fundraising effort you have all put in to help improve the chances of others.


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Oct 29, 2021

Richard Jackson

Oct 27, 2021

Jules Hopper

Huge Congrats to Steph & all the team - you are an inspiration.


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Oct 23, 2021

Harriet Buckland

You're an amazing human Lucy! Lots of love Harriet xx


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Oct 21, 2021



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Oct 20, 2021

Daisy and Charlie


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Oct 18, 2021


Oct 17, 2021

Katie Robinson


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Oct 16, 2021


Well done Chloe and everyone involved. You should all be very proud of yourselves. Anna xxx


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Oct 16, 2021



Kim Meadowcroft

Kim Meadowcroft

Chloe Ashby

Chloe Ashby

Sabrina Klein

Sabrina Klein

Rose Acton

Rose Acton

Matt Hutson

Matt Hutson

Matthew Belshaw

Matthew Belshaw

Tom Moss McCrory

Tom Moss McCrory

Tom New

Tom New

Anna Iacoponi

Anna Iacoponi

Stephanie Siddall

Stephanie Siddall

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