Charity ambassador living with a brain tumour to take on the London marathon

Wednesday 17 January 2018

Our Young Ambassador Chandos Green is set to take on the challenge of his life

Chandos, 22, was first diagnosed with a benign brain tumour aged just three-years old and underwent brain surgery in the October of that same year then was re-diagnosed at age six when it had grown again.

He then remained in remission until he was re-diagnosed for the third time in June 2014.

For the past three years, Chandos has joined forces with us to support our HeadSmart early diagnosis campaign.

He is now a Young Ambassador and works tirelessly for The Charity and The Lewis Moody Foundation, to raise awareness of childhood brain tumours and campaign to raise funds for vital research into treatments.

Chandos says: “After being re-diagnosed in June 2014 for the third time in my life, I knew I had to do something to support others living with a brain tumour. My third diagnosis came during my first year at university. In the time leading up to my last diagnosis, I knew I had a small amount of my tumour up there after my last operation 12 years prior at age six.

“However, I never thought it would come back and cause an issue! After the realisation that it had grown back I joined forces with The Brain Tumour Charity as a Young Ambassador and have been lucky enough to attend parliament, the House of Lords and a number of fundraising events and conferences to help raise awareness and vital funds to find a cure for the disease that that turned my life upside down."

Taking on the 2018 London Marathon will be the biggest challenge he has faced yet, he says: “This is not without its challenges, as I am currently overcoming injury and physical disabilities to do so.

“Training is going well despite the limitations on how much I can train with injury. I am receiving physiotherapy and hope to back running in the next few weeks so I can finally get to a place where I feel comfortable with my progress.

“Training for a marathon is all down to self-motivation, something which when it comes to the gym and running, I prefer my bed to cold 6.30am wake up calls.

“But, it has to be done and as long as brain tumours impact the lives of so many people I will not give up and will wake up as early as it takes."

Read more of Chandos' story here

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