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Courageous Runcorn mum inspires charity football match
A COURAGEOUS Runcorn mum battling a brain tumour has inspired a fundraising campaign.
Mum-of-two Karan Waller, aged 36, couldn’t recognise her two young daughters, aged one and three, after surgery.
She was diagnosed with low grade astrocytoma, a brain tumour in 2009.
Surgeons told her they were unable to remove it all because the tumour was growing in vital parts of her brain.
They warned her that memory loss was a risk because of the complexity of the procedure.
Family friend Chris Collings is organising a charity football match in aid of the Astro Brain Tumour Fund, a charity that supports patients like Karan at Walton Neuro Centre.
Former St Chad’s pupil, Chris, aged 43, said: “Karan continues her battle against this devastating illness. In order not to damage her memory and reasoning, she needs to remain awake and answer questions during surgery.
“At one point, she was unable to remember and do the most simple tasks and was not able to recognise her children and the people closest to her. It has been an uphill battle for Karan and her family.
“Karan can only be described as courageous, fighting her battle with such dignity is truly inspirational.”
The Astro fund provides emotional and practical support to patients as well as raising awareness and funding for research.
Runcorn comedian John Bishop and his brother Eddie, will join former Chelsea player Frank Sinclair, Liverpool’s Jon Newby and Everton’s Stu Barlow to take on a team of former Runcorn Linnets players to raise funds.
The charity match kicks off at 1.30pm, on Sunday, November 3, at Runcorn’s Millbank Stadium. Tickets will be available on the gate.
Chris would like to thank Barry Taylor, David Hesketh and NKH Promotions who are organising the match with him. He is also grateful to Runcorn Linnets for their support.
Chris has already scaled Ben Nevis and Snowdon and plans to climb Kilimanjaro in January.
To support Chris, visit http://www.justgiving.com/nevis-killimanjaro or text to BNKJ99 £amount to 70070.
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