A LYMM High School student stepped out to help raise over £6,000 for her cousin who is battling the most aggressive stage four brain cancer.
With 32 people every single day diagnosed with a brain tumour, their lives are completely changed forever.
Unfortunately, in 2018 Lanna Nuttall’s cousin Laura was one of those 32 people to find out they had a brain tumour.
Starting on the 15th February, the Year 13 student walked 32 miles every day for 5 days with friends to raise funds for her cousin’s charity ‘Doing it for Laura’.
“In 2018 my amazing cousin Laura was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme, which is the most aggressive Stage 4 brain cancer”, said Lanna.
“She had just started studying at Kings College London, when her life was completely turned upside down.” Laura had at least six brain tumours and had to move back home for life-saving brain surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy (for which she has to travel to Cologne in Germany on a regular basis to receive).
“The prognosis is so poor for this cancer and she was given a maximum of 18 months to live. However, two years later she is still amazing us all every day.”
Determined not to let this awful disease beat her, Laura is now studying at the University of Manchester. She is also responding well to the immunotherapy treatment in Cologne.
This is great news although it does mean that she needs to continue to make the trips out to Germany on a regular basis. On the most recent trip they had to spend £1600 on Covid tests alone.
This extra expense and the cost of the immunotherapy treatment is funded through Laura’s charity, which is why Lanna walked all those miles.
“I am walking so Laura can travel for Laura’s life-saving treatment”, said Lanna before half term.
“The sore feet will be so worth it! I would really appreciate if you could share this to spread the awareness of brain tumours and even donate! Everything adds up and it really is an amazing cause.”
Lanna raised over £6000 during the 5 days of half-term.
“I genuinely couldn’t have done it without those that walked with me and supported me. Everyone has been so encouraging and lovely and that really helped!”, said Lanna.
The fundraising page is still accepting donations, to contribute, please visit www.gofundme.com/f/doing-it-for-laura-32-miles-for-5-days