Boston woman to run Brighton Marathon in aid of Brain Tumour Research
THE daughter of a Boston woman who was diagnosed with a brain tumour is in training for the Brighton Marathon to raise money for charity.
Kelly Slater’s mother Debbie was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008.
After undergoing tests, it was found that she had a benign tumour, but after analysis malignant cells were found.
With the support of her family and friends, Debbie underwent surgery in May 2009.
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She remained in Queen’s Medical Centre for more than a month before being transferred to Pilgrim Hospital Stroke Unit after suffering left-sided paralysis.
Kelly, 26, who will run the Brighton Marathon on April 14 in aid of Brain Tumour Research, said: “She underwent physiotherapy to help her walk again and to build up the confidence she had lost.
“Mum was transferred back home, and went on to receive radiotherapy treatment. She will continue to have MIR scans every six months, so any further growth can be tracked and treated as quickly as possible.”
Kelly, who works at Garth School in Spalding as a teacher’s assistant helping to care for special needs children and also in Haven Cottage in Boston, is a keen fundraiser and is always up for a challenge.
She added: “My mum is an incredible woman and I can only thank the nurses, surgeons, doctors and physiotherapists who helped her to where she is today. She is not the same woman she was and probably never will be, but because of charities like Brain Tumour UK, and their research, she is here.
“I ask those who read this to make a donation – big or small – so that children and adults affected by this can have a brighter future.
“I have not gone into this half-heartedly and understand that the training that goes into a marathon is both challenging yet incredibly rewarding.”
To make a donation log on to Kelly Slater’s justgiving page www.justgiving.com/Kelly-Slater3