FOUR women will be walking up Snowdon this week in memory of a ‘lovely lady and friend’ who passed away from a brain tumour.
Cesca Stuart, who lived in Rodborough and was in her mid-60s, passed away last autumn.
On Thursday, four of her friends – Caroline Aistrop, Fran Wade, Jane Willoughby and Sue Haydock – will be walking up Snowdon in memory of Cesca as well as to raise as much money as possible for the charity Brain Tumour Research.
“Cesca was a warm-hearted and hugely generous person who loved nothing better than being with her friends – as well as her border collie, Rosie,” said Caroline.
“She would frequently host dinner parties to gather people together for lively conversation and good laugh and sumptuous home-cooked food with many of the ingredients also home grown.
“Cesca was a keen gardener, sang in many Stroud choirs and generally loved life.
“So we’re trying to raise as much money as possible for the charity to continue its research by doing this sponsored walk up Snowdon.
“We’re all women in our later years and although we’ve named our trip ‘Striding up Snowdon’, it may well be more like hobbling as three of us have developed dodgy knees in the past couple of weeks!”
Brain cancer claims the lives of more children and people under the age of 40 than any other type of cancer.
Every year, 16,000 people die from this cancer and only 12 per cent survive for more than five years after their diagnosis, compared to 70 per cent of people with breast cancer and 40 per cent of leukaemia patients.
Recently, Brain Tumour Research announced that scientists have made a significant finding which could help children diagnosed with a specific type of medulloblastoma – the most common high-grade brain tumour in under 16s.
These findings have shown that those with a specific subtype of the disease could benefit from a new combination of treatment.
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