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CrossFit teen raises thousands after brain tumour diagnosis

A 17-year-old has taken part in a fitness competition and raised thousands for Brain Tumour Research after he was diagnosed with the disease last year.

Teenager Rob Bichan was diagnosed with a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) in January 2020 whilst in his penultimate year at school. He underwent a six-week course of radiotherapy to try to stop the spread of the tumour, which is on his brainstem and inoperable.

Having battled the side effects of the gruelling treatment regime, Rob has worked on regaining his fitness. Earlier this month, the sports fanatic competed in a CrossFit competition to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research. Along with his girlfriend Jodie, mum Jenny and brother Johnny (pictured), he raised more than £4,000.

Rob says his focus remains on staying as strong and healthy as possible. He said: “Raising money for this fantastic cause in the process will help get us closer to finding a cure and I feel proud to have done my bit. I am hoping that I and other brain tumour patients can benefit from a much-needed breakthrough in this area of cancer research before it’s too late.”

To support Rob’s fitness fundraising, please donate via his JustGiving page.

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