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Hook teenager completes charity walk
A TEENAGER from Hook, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was two-years-old, joined 400 walkers to raise money for a charity which is close to her heart.
Laura Linehan-Hill was given very little hope of making a recovery when she was diagnosed with a pineoblastoma brain tumour.
But she received pioneering treatment which saved her life, and with the support of The Brain Tumour Charity’s founders, she fought the tumour and is now studying for her A-levels.
The 16-year-old took part in the charity’s 10km Twilight Walk in Windsor on October 6, to raise funds for research into brain tumours.
Speaking of the founders of The Brain Tumour Charity, Neil and Angela Dickson, Laura said: “We have always supported The Brain Tumour Charity because of the support we received right from the start from Angela and Neil.
“As a family, we know how important it is to fund research into this devastating disease.”
The walk was a challenge for Laura, who was left physically weaker from the brain tumour.
Mr Dickson, founder and vice-chair of The Brain Tumour Charity, said: “We’re hoping to roll the Twilight Walk out across the UK next year, so we’re grateful to everyone who has taken part in this inaugural walk.
“Laura and her family have been such wonderful supporters of The Brain Tumour Charity and we’re thrilled that Laura did so well.
“Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of the under 40s and, unlike other cancers, survival rates have not improved over the last 40 years.
“We are leading the way in changing this by fighting brain tumours on all fronts through our work, including a £2.5m investment into research this year alone.
“We receive no Government funding and rely 100 per cent on voluntary donations, so it’s only through the efforts of people like our Twilight Walkers that we can change these shocking statistics in the future and bring hope to the thousands of people who are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year.”
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