“We enjoyed every minute” – said the man from Ascot, who lost his brother to a brain tumor after running the London Marathon with his wife on Sunday to find a cure for the disease.
Lee, 52, and Surrell, 45, Perry, of Ascot, Berkshire, ran for the Brain Tumor Research charity and raised more than £ 8,000.
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Lee’s 15 year older brother Graham, described as the second father, died at the age of 45 after a seizure that occurred while shopping for Christmas presents for his family.
“Graham taught me to ride a bike and swim, and even took me to my first soccer game. We stayed very close even as adults. It was devastating to lose him less than a year after being diagnosed with a brain tumor, ”said Lee.
As maintenance manager for Wilkinson Sword in High Wycombe, Graham’s condition was discovered after a stroke left him at Wycombe Hospital.
“The treatment was like torture,” said Lee, describing radiation therapy.
Lee decided to take on the challenge of running the London Brain Cancer Research Marathon to find more effective treatments and ultimately a cure so other families would not suffer like his.
Lee and his wife Surrell finished the London Marathon successfully – Surrell did it in less than four hours – 3:57 to be precise, and Lee 4-1, with whom he was pleased when he said, “I got myself Injured about six weeks ago So the last few weeks of training did not go as I had hoped.
“I also had to stop to sort a shoe and hug the family, so I might have been under four hours without them.
“It was wonderful. The day of our life. We absolutely loved it. The weather was perfect, the audience incredible and the support was excellent. ”
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Brain cancer research funds sustained research at dedicated centers in the UK.
It also advocates that the government and the larger cancer charities invest more in brain tumor research to expedite new treatments for patients and ultimately find a cure.
The charity is calling for £ 35 million nationwide annual spending to improve survival rates and patient outcomes in line with other cancers such as breast cancer and leukemia, and is also advocating greater drug reuse.
Lee and his wife Surrell successfully completed the London Marathon yesterday – Surrell smashed it in less than four hours – 3:57 to be precise and Lee 4-1, with whom he was satisfied when he said, “Me injured myself about six weeks ago. So the last few weeks of training did not go quite as I had hoped. I also had to stop to sort a shoe and give the family a hug, so I might have been under four hours without them.
“It was wonderful. The day of our lives. We absolutely loved it. The weather was perfect, the crowd was amazing and the support was excellent.”