Brain tumour mum signs up for marathon

Toddington mum-of-two Liz Kirtley who is running the marathon in spite of being diagnosed with a brain tumour

Toddington mum-of-two Liz Kirtley who is running the marathon in spite of being diagnosed with a brain tumour

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A Toddington mother-of-two is to take part in the London Marathon – in spite of being diagnosed with an Acoustic Neuroma (benign brain tumour) last year.

Courageous Liz Kirtley, 45, of Peartree Close describes the condition as “not life ending, but life changing.”

She’s already had gamma knife radio surgery to stop the tumour growing but suffers from hearing loss, balance problems and tiredness.

But she’s determined this won’t stop her competing and raising money for Brain Research Trust.

She said: “If a 92-year-old cancer survivor can run marathons, I’m sure a 45-year-old with a brain tumour can too” – a reference to nonagenarian Hariette Conroy who compeleted the San Diego marathon last year. and who’s raised $100,000 for charity.

Liz began training on the anniversary of her diagnosis and joked: “I’ve set up a Facebook page so people can follow my progress - however slow and painful it might be!”

> Go to https://www.facebook.com/lizkirtleypage/