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She's inspired us all to do our bit; PALS' FUNDRAISER FOR WOMAN WITH BRAIN TUMOUR.

Byline: GARETH WYN WILLIAMS Daily Post Reporter garethwyn.williams@trinitymirror.com

A WOMAN'S six-year fight against an aggressive brain tumour has inspired friends to organise a fundraiser to help her plight.

Lucy Beesley, 24, thought she was in the clear after first being diagnosed in December 2010.

eaching near ive he e But last October saw the teaching assistant from Marianglas, near Benllech on Anglesey, receive the devastating news the tumour had returned in the form of a Grade 5 Glioblastoma Multiforme.

She's now receiving chemotherapy at Clatterbridge Hospital on Wirral, and a recent scan showed she's responding to the latest treatment.

d n Lucy has been determined to fight the condition and even took part in the Anglesey Half Marathon on Sunday, completing the course in two hours and 24 minutes - raising more than PS1,700 for The Brain Tumour Charity.

alf pletand 24 Now friends have organised a 12 mile walk to give the cause a further boost, setting off from Bangor University's main arts building at 10am on Satuday and finishing at Penmon Point, Anglesey. Law student Lara Wright, from Benllech, has known Lucy since they were pupils at the village's Ysgol Goronwy Owen and later Ysgol David Hughes, Menai Bridge.

She said: "I am really looking forward to the walk, we have the privilege of living in such a beautiful area so it made sense to organise it along a lovely route while raising money for a very important cause.

"Lucy has shown enormous strength and courage since her diagnosis and she's inspired all of us to do our bit."

Lucy, who completed a degree in childhood studies last year, added: "I have struggled with the condition for over five years.

over five y "On after tors ma ge "One of the things I believed after diagnosis was that the doctors would work their medical magic and I would be fine to get on with the rest of my life.

"However, the reality is that survival rates for people with high grade brain tumors is very low. This, in part, is due to a lack of funding for brain cancer research."

shvto ca dia eac bigg under less than " More than 9,300 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour each year in the UK and is the biggest cancer killer of people under 40. But studies show that less than 2% of cancer research funding goes on brain tumours.

Lara is aiming to raise at least PS200 for The Brain Tumour Charity via online donations at justgiving.com/Lara-Wright22 and justgiving.com/Bangor-University-Labour-Society-Cymdeithas-Llafur-Prifysgol-Bangor.

She added: "So far, around 20 people have signed up for the walk, but more people are welcome."

To join the walk email Lara at larasurayawrt@gmail.com

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Lucy Beesley (right), 24, with friend Lara Wright and (below) after Sunday's half marathon

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