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Brain tumour patient preparing to conquer Yorkshire Three Peaks

A man living with a brain tumour is in training to take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to help find a cure for the disease.

Tomorrow, Paul Saunders, 51, will set out to a 25-mile circular route which will see him summit Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, the three highest peaks in Yorkshire. Joined by his partner Julie Thompson and friends, Derek and Lynne Moore, the team are aiming to complete the challenge within 12 hours.

Paul was inspired to raise funds for the charity after he was diagnosed with a grade 2 glioma in August 2020, after suffering a seizure whilst cycling to work. The tumour is diffuse, meaning it is infiltrating healthy brain tissue and cannot be completely removed. It is being monitored with regular scans every four months.

He said: “I wanted to do something to turn my diagnosis into a positive. One of our friends is a GP and she told us how difficult brain tumours are to diagnose because nobody knows what causes them and there are so many different symptoms.

“Before my diagnosis I had no idea that brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under the age of 40. If I can use my story to help raise awareness of the disease, then that will be a good outcome.”

To support Paul’s Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, please visit his JustGiving Page here.

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