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Brother transforming heartache into “something positive”

This Mental Health Awareness Week, an inspiring supporter is sharing how he’s focusing on turning his grief into something positive.

Later this month, Geraint Davies will take on a huge physical challenge motivated by the tragic loss of his older brother, Mark. On 28th May, Geraint will set out on a gruelling ‘bikepacking’ journey cycling 450 miles over five days to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research and My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

Mark was first diagnosed with a grade 2 glioma in 2005. He endured a 13-year battle with the tumour, during which he underwent gruelling treatment and experienced life-changing effects including severe epilepsy, sight loss and psychosis. Eventually, the disease spread and Mark spent the final three years of his life in a nursing home. He passed away in April 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Geraint said: “Seeing my brave and beautiful brother take his last breath is not something that I have or ever will come to terms with. During the COVID-19 lockdown, I struggled with my grief more and more. I was out for a run over Christmas, thinking about Mark, when I decided I needed something positive to focus on.”

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