National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £35 million a year
Team’s symbolic challenge in memory of four-year-old
Our 10,000 Steps a Day in February challenge is underway, with thousands of supporters across the UK stepping up to help find a cure.
Rayhan started having headaches and being sick in October 2017. His mum Nadia took him to see four different GPs on six separate occasions, but was told nothing was seriously wrong. When Rayhan’s symptoms persisted, Nadia and husband Sarfraz took him to A&E where an MRI scan revealed a mass in his brain.
Despite undergoing surgery, completing radiotherapy and his first round of chemotherapy, Rayhan died on 7th April 2018, just four months after his diagnosis.
Nadia, mum also to Eliza and Zak, said: “I signed up to Brain Tumour Research’s 10,000 Steps a Day in February challenge along with my sisters, cousins and friends because the campaign resonates so much – walking will always be very symbolic for me as it’s so interlinked with my memories of Rayhan.
“Up to 30% of children who have surgery to the back of the brain develop posterior fossa syndrome, which can include difficulties with speech, movement and swallowing, and sadly Rayhan was one of those. In hospital he started rehabilitation to help him learn to walk again, but it was really when he got home that he managed to make steps without the aid of a walker. Zak called him from across the room and he walked into his brother’s arms.”
To help the team reach its £8,000 target, please visit www.justgiving.com/team/WalkForRayhan
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