Shirley dad completes series of challenges 18 months after brain tumour diagnosis - The Solihull Observer

Shirley dad completes series of challenges 18 months after brain tumour diagnosis

Solihull Editorial 17th Nov, 2022   0

A SHIRLEY dad who had to re-learn to walk after a brain tumour diagnosis has completed a series of epic challenges to raise awareness of the disease.

In the past month Marcus Elwell has completed a global fitness race, climbed the National Three Peaks, and run a half marathon.

In May 2021, he underwent emergency surgery at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham after being diagnosed with a low-grade haemangioblastoma.

There was concern the operation would leave the 41-year-old with life-limiting injuries, and he needed a wheelchair after surgery.

But he learned to walk again and earlier this month he completed a 13.1 mile race in less than two-and-half hours.

It was the last of his three big challenges to raise money for Brain Tumour Research.

The father-of-three said: “The half marathon run was the hardest part of my challenge and was as much a mental battle as it was physical, especially after the last few weeks.

“Whenever I wanted to stop I reminded myself how lucky I am to be breathing and to have a body which allows me to move. If I can, I must.”

Marcus’ fund-raising started in October when he competed in Hyrox Birmingham; taking on eight physical activities within the fastest time, putting his mind and body to the test.

A fortnight later he took on the National Three Peaks challenge and climbed more than 3,408 metres across three mountains in the UK.

The property company owner added: “Last year I couldn’t even put a spoon to my mouth because my co-ordination was impaired by the tumour.

“When I came round after the operation in intensive care I made a promise to myself that if I come out the other side I will strive to be the best version of myself.

“With the help of some great friends who are like family, I trained hard, ate well and got myself back on my feet.”

The ex Woodrush rugby player has raised more than £4,700 for the charity.

His goal is £5,480, the equivalent cost of two days of research at one of the charity’s Centres of Excellence to help find a cure for all types of brain tumours.

Marcus said: “My diagnosis has spurred me on to live life to the fullest and I take nothing for granted.

“I get the strength from my children. I want to show them that despite everything, whatever happens to you, you can work through it and if you believe it, you can do anything.”

• For more or to donate visit the Just Giving website and search Marcus Elwell.


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