In Fundraising

Brain tumour patient Leanne Pritchard has signed up to run the British London 10K this summer with team brainstrust.

Leanne, who had surgery to remove her extremely rare DNET in 2012, is ready to take her passion for fitness, one which got her through recovery, to raise money for brainstrust.

brainstrust provided invaluable support for Leanne, particularly when it came to reassuring her then-13 year old daughter about the surgery, something as a single mum, who has no family in the UK, she found hard to do. And now, she’s raring to give something back.

“I am running this 10k with two of my closest friends, Marie-Claire and Tina, who I consider ‘rocks’ through my journey. Marie-Claire was my angel after the operation. She moved in to my house and looked after me and my daughter. I honestly could not have got through this without her and Tina would stop in with food and chats every couple of days. The kind of friends you are totally blessed to have. We are all health and fitness advocates so to run and raise money seems like a great idea for us!”

It’s not the first time that Leanne has done something big for the cancer community. Before, during and after her operation, Leanne took it upon herself to help women who found losing their hair during chemotherapy a massive knock to their confidence. Using her influence at Coutts bank, where she worked, and with the help of Stella McArtney, she launched Crowning Glory by Coutts, which provided free, high quality headscarves to chemotherapy patients.

“I know how lucky I am but I am determined to make a difference for those less able to get up and shout loudly about greater awareness, more funds, more research and better care of patients when they really need it”

braintrust thank Leanne for choosing to run for us and wish she, Marie-Claire and Tina all the best with training.

If you, like Leanne, want to take on a challenge for brainstrust, visit our events page and sign up today. Your fundraising will help us build a support service for more people in the UK who are living with and beyond a terrifying brain tumour diagnosis.