Read Helen's story

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Mum-of-two Ms Helen McCreary was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016. Helen needed two surgeries at Royal Stoke University Hospital, followed by radiotherapy, and chemotherapy but still found the strength to run the Manchester Half Marathon.

Helen embarked on this tremendous personal challenge along with her friends, Deb, Helen, Teresa and her sister Janice. Together they ran the 13.2 mile course in May 2018. Helen completed the course in 2 hours and 25 minutes.

Helen said: “It was one of the hardest things I have has ever done physically. I trained for four months through the winter, running in snow and ice to prepare for the Half Marathon, but on the day of the event it was really hot and I didn’t think I could finish, but with the support from my friends I made it all the way to the finish line. It was a tough race and between us we lost four toenails due to the training and intensive running on the day.”

The five of them raised an amazing £2488.57 for UHNM Charity to support the Maternity Department, Radiotherapy, Oncology, and ward 228 at Royal Stoke University Hospital to enhance patient care and experience.

Clinical Nurse Specialist Katharine James said: “Helen is an inspirational lady, and it’s people like her that make the job worthwhile. Seeing patients do so well and thriving is priceless, and now, through Helen’s story she can inspire other patients to have a positive attitude, as it makes such a difference.”

Helen would like to thank all of her supporters from Maternity, radiotherapy, Oncology and Ward 228, her friends and her family for all their care and support during diagnosis and treatment. She wanted to show that no matter what, life goes on, and how a positive mental attitude can help wellbeing.