Writing: Jay Carter (Year 13)
In a month's time, the Sixth Form's very own Dan Burridge is to run the London Marathon, becoming the youngest ever runner supporting Brain Tumour Research.
After discovering growth hormone deficiencies, doctors found that his bone age was two years below what it should be, leading them to diagnose Dan with a tumour on his pituitary gland in January 2016. Dan noted, 'Mum had a phone call from the consultant who told her they found a tumour. She found the wait much more worrying than me - it really affected her.'
I was more worried about whether I was going to be able to continue boxing.
Fortunately, Dan discovered that it was benign, and is hoping to complete the upcoming marathon on 23rd April.
Dan has previous marathon running expertise, completing a half-marathon aged fourteen (under his brother’s name to meet the age limit!) Running to raise funds for brain tumour research, Dan said, 'I realise I have been very lucky and that thousands of others diagnosed with brain tumours are not so fortunate, which is why I want to give something back.'
It's a great cause and a truly inspirational story - we wish Dan the very best in his endeavours in London.Dan's fundraising pageMore information about Brain Tumour Research