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Community rallies round to support courageous Runcorn mum
Karan at Dunky’s nursery with Lily and Lauren Sargeant, Caleb Burns, Leolin Springer, and Alfie Donald
A COURAGEOUS Runcorn mum battling a brain tumour has been overwhelmed with support from the local community.
Mum-of-two Karan Waller, aged 37, has completed six weeks of radiotherapy and is having an MRI scan at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre on Friday to discover if the treatment has frozen her tumour.
She was diagnosed with a low grade astrocytoma after collapsing at home in 2009.
Despite surgery, the growth returned and surgeons have told her they can’t operate again.
Karan’s family, friends and work colleagues have helped her to raise thousands of pounds for The Astro Brain Tumour Fund which is offering her practical support and dietary advice to slow down the growth of her tumour.
It is the only charity in the world purely funding research into this type of tumour and is run entirely by volunteers.
Dunky’s nursery where her daughters, Harriet, aged five, and Charly, aged seven, attended, has collected £585. Her work colleagues at Warrington Borough Council raised more than £1,000.
A charity night at Quayside on Saturday, organised by her father-in-law, Colin, sold out straightaway.
Top comic John Bishop and ex-professional players raised £6,200 at a charity soccer match.
Karen, an apprenticeship manager, said: “I know I am so lucky as so many people are still raising funds for me.
“My children absolutely loved it at Dunky’s. They have all been so brilliant.
“It makes me feel really positive to know that I have all this support.
“One thing is for sure, I won’t give up without a fight. My two girls are too young for me to be going anywhere yet.”
Joanna Davies-Bate, deputy manager of Dunky’s nursery, said: “Karan has been an inspiration to us all and we wanted to show our support by raising funds for the charity that has helped and supported her through this difficult time.”