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Kate Thompson

The London Marathon for Brain Tumour research

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hi Everyone! [/p][p]Firstly, let me introduce myself to those who may not know me very well. I'm Kate, 42, a mother of two (three if you include my Frenchie dog), wife to Mark, social worker and a keen runner in my spare time.[/p][p]I started running when my youngest was one (she's now seven) and I've ran seven half marathons (Solihull, Birmingham, Manchester, Leamington spa, Kenilworth, Bruges and Gran Canaria). [/p][p]l will be running the iconic London Marathon as my first and probably last full Marathon (that's 26.2 miles) in memory of my late father Stuart who died from multiple brain tumours in July 2007. [/p][p]My father was an avid walker, mountaineer (he was nicknamed the mountain goat by his friends and colleagues). He had been a strict vegetarian for forty years and had a zest for life ❤. He was a fit and active man. Cruelly his life was cut short at 69, just four months after his initial diagnosis of having a brain tumour. [/p][p]It was truly heartbreaking and ever since l have been passionate about supporting brain tumour research.[/p][p]Approximately 16,000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour in the UK every year and there are estimated to be over 60,000 people living with a brain tumour. A primary brain tumour is one that has originated in the brain, whether low-grade or high-grade.[/p][p]Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone at any age. [b]What’s more, they kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer... yet historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.[/b][/p][p]Brain Tumour Research is determined to change this.[/p][p]We are building a network of experts in sustainable research at dedicated [url=https://www.braintumourresearch.org/research/centres-of-excellence]Centres of Excellence[/url] whilst [url=https://www.braintumourresearch.org/campaigning]influencing the Government and larger cancer charities[/url] to invest more nationally.[/p][p]We are the only national charity in the UK that is dedicated to raising funds for continuous and sustainable scientific research into brain tumours and we are a leading voice calling for greater support and action for research into what scientists are calling the last battleground against cancer.[/p][p]On 13.5.19 The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) confirmed that ‘5-ALA’, more commonly known as ‘pink drink’ or ‘Gliolan’, will be made available in all neurological centres in England, as part of the NHS’ contribution to the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission. The DHSC claims that 5-ALA will benefit approximately 2,000 patients a year.[/p][p]5-ALA is a fluorescent dye that is drunk by patients with a high-grade tumour before surgery. As a result of 5-ALA, the cancerous tumour cells will glow pink when examined under ultraviolet light, whilst the healthy cells remain a normal colour.[/p][p]This has two main advantages. Firstly, surgeons can remove more of the cancerous tissue, as it is easier for them to see. Secondly, as surgeons can more easily distinguish the healthy tissue, they can leave this untouched which should mean fewer side effects for patients 🙌[/p][p][br][/p][p]When the surgeons tried to remove my father's tumours they touched brain connections and unfortunately this affected the functioning of the left side of his body.[/p][p]So please sponsor me and support the vital research that the charity undertake into the causes, impact and treatments available to brain tumour patients, [/p][p]Thank you for your support,[/p][p][br][/p][p]Love and light, [/p][p][br][/p][p]Kate ❤[/p][p]x[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]
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Jan 30, 2020

Monica Green

Good luck Kate. Hope the K&D support in training is helping you!

Jan 6, 2020



£19.41 plus £4.85 Gift Aid

Jan 1, 2020

Mark Thompson

Christmas coffee morning at home


Dec 20, 2019


Dec 7, 2019


£42.00 plus £10.50 Gift Aid

Nov 26, 2019


Good luck, Kate

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Nov 12, 2019


Be proud Kate. Good Luck 😉

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Nov 5, 2019

Cake sale


Nov 2, 2019

Matt Taylor (Mr)

Let the games begin. Best of luck in training!!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Nov 2, 2019