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EastEnders to tackle emotional brain tumour storyline
Brain Tumour Research is working alongside EastEnders and Macmillan UK on a storyline in which Lola Pearce is diagnosed with a brain tumour.
The storyline will begin this autumn as viewers see Lola (played by actress Danielle Harold pictured) and her loved ones deal with her diagnosis.
Viewers will follow Lola, and those around her, on the journey through what she’ll be facing: the reality of being a young person who is diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Danielle (pictured) said: “It means so much to be trusted with a storyline like this – one that’s close to many people’s hearts. Sadly many of our viewers will be able to relate to Lola’s story, and it’s been heart-breaking to speak to the families affected by brain tumours and hear their stories. They’ve been so amazing in sharing their experiences with me, and I’m so lucky to have them. I wouldn’t be able to do this storyline without their support.”
EastEnders has worked closely with both charities on this storyline to ensure it is portrayed as realistically and as sensitively as possible.
Sue Castle-Smith, our Head of PR and Communications, said: “We are extremely grateful to EastEnders for helping to raise awareness of brain tumours. Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer and, sadly, Lola’s story will be all too familiar to one in three people who know someone affected by this devastating disease.”
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