Jen took the opportunity to #WearItOut with style
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Our community came together as one to #WearItOut with style, strength, attitude and love this Bandanas for Brain Tumours Day. Why did you wear yours?
Thousands of our supporters joined us to #WearItOut this Bandanas for Brain Tumours Day.
By wearing your bandana, you showcased your commitment to defeating brain tumours – thank you. Our 2016 bandana design signified how, from one single point, a network can grow into something huge. Not only this, but the design gave a nod towards science by incorporating an abstract molecular pattern. By wearing your bandana and spreading the word about brain tumours to your network of contacts, you could have started a conversation that also grows into something huge.
In addition to spreading the word about brain tumours, by getting involved in this year's campaign you helped us raise funds for research into early diagnosis for children and adults. This could help us reduce diagnosis times and improve accuracy of diagnosis, so that brain tumours are treated earlier, with the best possible treatment at the right time.
“Our research aims to understand the reasons why some adult patients take longer than others to be diagnosed with a brain tumour. There is an urgent need to reduce this delay, so that treatment can begin sooner and can be more effective; this is why our research is so vitally important. By donating to The Brain Tumour Charity, you can make a real difference and improve the outcomes for everyone diagnosed with a brain tumour." Dr Paul Brennan
Jen took the opportunity to #WearItOut with style, Laura promised to #WearItOut with love, Raj joined his family to #WearItOut with attitude and Louis wanted to #WearItOut with strength - but how did you wear yours? However you wore it out, don’t forget to share your selfies on social media using our hashtag, #WearItOut. Read some of our supporter's stories, by clicking on their pictures below.
Jen has been living with a brain tumour since 2010 and took the opportunity to #WearItOut with style this Bandanas for Brain Tumours Day.
Jen's incurable Oligodendroglioma Grade II was finally picked up at the age of 15, after having complained of headaches, seizures, pain and numbness for a number of years. In 2014 she had a craniotomy and partial resection where most of the tumour was removed, and lived with a chunk of her skull missing for over a year.
Since being diagnosed, Jen has set up the Jennifer Amy Fund to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity and aims to raise over £25,000 for us by 2025. In October 2015, she had successful cranioplasty surgery to rebuild her skull and since applied to study nursing at university:
“I am now fully recovered from having my cranioplasty surgery in October 2015 and my hair is starting to grow back nicely, so it's very apt that I took the opportunity to #WearItOut with style this Bandanas for Brain Tumours Day!
“I know from personal experience how important early diagnosis is so I'm looking forward to help spread the word this Brain Tumour Awareness Month so that others may have a chance of getting diagnosed sooner.
“Thank you for joining me to #WearItOut on Friday 4 March!"
Laura promised to #WearItOut with love for her mum this Bandanas for Brain Tumours Day, having lost her to a brain tumour when she was just 16.
“In the time it had taken for her brain tumour to be spotted, her symptoms worsened considerably and began to cause her a great deal of suffering."
By the time Laura's mums' diagnosis was finally made, her symptoms had worsened significantly and she was told that she had just months to live. Since her loss, Laura has pledged to do all she can to raise awareness of brain tumours and funds for research so that other young people don't have to go through what she has experienced.
“I was in my final year of school when mum was finally diagnosed with a brain tumour, she had been ill for a number of months but the diagnosis came just too late. Tragically a few months later, mum was taken from us and my world fell apart.
“I promised to #WearItOut with love this Bandanas for Brain Tumours Day in memory of my mum. I treasure the memories I have with her, like laughing at her hilariously rubbish jokes, her heartfelt smile and her infinite wish to make sure that all those who knew her felt happy, loved and cared for."
Raj was diagnosed with a high grade brain tumour in 2012, aged just two. He joined his family to #WearItOut with attitude this Bandanas for Brain Tumours Day.
Raj's brain tumour was picked up in A&E after he lost the use of the left side of his body in June 2012. His family were told that he had to undergo emergency surgery but that it would leave the left side of his body completely paralysed. Amazingly, when Raj woke up from the operation, he moved both his left arm and leg, and has only suffered from a slight weakness in his hand following this.
Later the same year, Raj's family found out that his tumour had grown and the only option was further surgery, he has since undergone chemotherapy and proton beam therapy in the US.
Suki, Raj's mum said: “Raj wore it out with attitude this Bandanas for Brain Tumours Day.
“When we had to make the difficult decision to go ahead with his surgery, we prepared ourselves for worst but we couldn't believe it when Raj woke up and moved both his left arm and leg. It was a complete surprise to us all, it shows what a fighter he is. He has since had chemotherapy and proton beam therapy, the extent of his courage is endless.
“Every day, I'm amazed by Raj's determined attitude, he's an inspiration to us all. Raj doesn't let anything stop him and as a result, we don't either. Raj joined all the family to #WearItOut with attitude this Bandanas for Brain Tumours Day."
Louis was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of eight and wanted to #WearItOut with strength this Bandanas for Brain Tumours Day.
Having suffered from headaches, vomiting and extreme tiredness for over a year, Louis was finally diagnosed with a Craniopharyngioma in August 2015. Five days later he underwent difficult surgery to remove as much of the tumour, which sits very close to his eyes, as possible. Because the type of tumour he has, it could regrow at any time so Louis is currently receiving Proton Therapy in the US.
Louis' dad Darren said: “Louis, his mum, two sisters' and I wore it out with strength for him this Bandanas for Brain Tumours Day. Since his diagnosis, Louis has been unbelievably strong and is a real inspiration to us all, he really is a superhero. Louis has had some slight damage to his right eye as a result of his brain tumour and we know his side effects may not have been so bad had it been picked up sooner, so we did all we could to raise awareness for Bandanas for Brain Tumours on Friday 4 March".