Southend Wheelers go the extra mile for Lauren
Inspired by Lauren Slade’s brave battle with an aggressive brain tumour, members of her dad Mike’s cycling club have raised over £500 for the charity that is supporting her. Westcliff resident Mike has also been putting his legs to the test with a series of gruelling rides to generate vital funds for The Brain Tumour Charity, including the 960-miles Deloitte Ride Across Britain.
Mike said: “Until my daughter was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour in June 2015 I knew little about this form of cancer. However, I do know that it came as a real shock because like all cancers it seemed so indiscriminate.
The 57-year-old added “Lauren was 26 at the time, healthy and fit, and enjoying life. One day out of the blue she suffered seizures and was rushed to hospital where scans showed a tumour pressing on the area of her brain that controls movement.”
When Mike discussed Lauren’s condition during a Sunday club run, the Wheelers instantly wanted to help, as Chairman Terry Butcher explains: “It was only natural that we would want to rally round and support a fellow club member, especially as Mike has helped us to raise money for other local good causes. We decided to support his Land’s End to John O’Groats ride by giving the cash raised from a raffle held during our annual awards dinner, donations from a ride we organised on New Year’s Day and some of the revenue taken from the club’s Burnham and Baddow Challenge sportive, which ran back in February.”
Following emergency surgery Lauren is now making good progress but faces a lifetime of coping with her condition.
“Cyclists are well known for using their sport to help others facing difficult circumstances. Mike has been an example to us all and in return, if our donation helps someone else’s child overcome brain cancer then we will be delighted,” Terry says.
For information about brain tumours click on www.thebraintumourcharity.org
NOTES TO EDITORS
• Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40.
• Over 9,300 people are diagnosed each year with a primary brain tumour, including 500 children and young people – that’s 25 people every day.
• Over 5,000 people lose their lives to a brain tumour each year.
• Brain tumours reduce life expectancy by on average 20 years – the highest of any cancer.
• Just 19% of adults survive for five years after diagnosis.
• Brain tumours are the largest cause of preventable or treatable blindness in children. Childhood brain tumour survivors are 10 times more likely to suffer long term disability than well children. This accounts for 20,000 additional disabled life years for all the children who are diagnosed each year.
• Research offers the only real hope of dramatic improvements in the management and treatment of brain tumours. Over £500m is spent on cancer research in the UK every year, yet less than 2% is spent on brain tumours.
|Jane Harris hands over the cheque|
|Southend Wheelers at Canewdon|