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Poetry published after aunt’s brain tumour death

A book of poetry written by a woman who passed away from a brain tumour has been published, with proceeds helping to fund the fight against the disease.

Christine Rowe was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) in February this year. She died on 21st May, just three months after her diagnosis.

At her funeral, the vicar read out a poem that Christine wrote in the 1960s for her then boyfriend Keith, who she would later marry. Her family discovered that she had written many more poems, which have now been compiled into a book published by her nephew, Steve Perrin.

Christine Rowe: My Words contains poems on a range of themes, as well as photos and touching messages from her family, including her two daughters Gail and Samantha (pictured with Christine). Steve is donating proceeds from sales of the book to Brain Tumour Research.

He said: “As my cousin Sam writes in the book, the brain tumour took everything from my aunt – her ability to speak, her ability to think, her ability to write. I was shocked to discover that despite the devastating, indiscriminate nature of the disease, historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to brain tumours. In memory of Christine, with the backing and support of my family, royalties from this book will be donated to Brain Tumour Research to help find a cure for the disease that took her life.

“It has been an absolute pleasure in putting this whole book together for Auntie Chris and the family. I hope I’ve done her proud.”

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