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Brain tumour dad welcomes lockdown baby

A man living with a brain tumour is celebrating becoming a dad for the second time after undergoing cancer treatment.

Neil Taylor was diagnosed with a grade 3  astrocytoma in 2017, when his wife Alex was 13 weeks pregnant with their first child, Annabelle, now three. He underwent surgery to debulk the tumour, followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Knowing that chemotherapy may have affected their chances of conceiving again, the couple were delighted to discover that Alex was pregnant in May 2020. Baby Harvey was born at home on 6th January.

Neil, who launched the Fundraising Group Neil’s Appeal alongside Alex in 2018, said: “Fundraising for Brain Tumour Research has provided great focus for Alex and me since my diagnosis and throughout my treatment. We had big plans for 2020 but sadly, like so many other charity events, they have mostly been put on hold due to the pandemic.

“A great deal of uncertainty still lies ahead but I am determined to continue to fundraise for research into this disease, which is so critically underfunded, all while enjoying my little family and making the most of every day.”

Neil’s Appeal has raised more than £20,000 to date. You can find out more on the Group’s Facebook page.

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