A Berkhamsted resident who was diagnosed with a brain tumour six years ago is set to take on the London Marathon in aid of charity.
Carie Corner, who was given an 18-month prognosis when she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in 2016, will run the London Marathon in October alongside her husband Tony and friends: Paul Merrington, Dom Traynor and Carolyn Bane.
Through the challenge Carie will be supporting Brain Cancer Research to help fund vital research into the treatment of brain tumours.
Carie herself has been undergoing targeted chemotherapy for the past two years and is stable thanks to the treatment.
Speaking to BerkhamstedNews, Carie said is running the marathon to help fund research into potentially life-saving drugs and has so far raised more than £52,000 throughout several fundraisers.
She said: “I truly believe a breakthrough in brain cancer treatment will be found, we just need the fundraising and awareness to do it.
“Firstly we need to raise awareness of the horrific stats and that the treatment for brain cancer has remained unchanged over the last 50 years.
“Survival rates for other cancers have improved but the rates for brain tumours have stayed the same.
“Only one percent of the national cancer research budget goes to brain cancer, but this doesn’t get anywhere, we need to fund the science.”
Speaking about how the marathon training is going, Carie said: “The training is hard if I’m honest. My husband has been trying ti work, support the family and train for the marathon at the same time.
“It was never going to be an easy challenge but it’s going to be worth it.
Carie wanted to thank those who supported and continue to support her, including her husband Tony, her three kids, parents, sister and brother-in-law and the wider Berkhamsted community.
She said: “The Berkhamsted community have been incredible, they literally picked us up. When I was going through radiotherapy, they set up a meal train of people who cooked for me and my family. It was amazing.”
To donate to Carie’s fundraiser which currently stands at more than £16,000, head to www.justgiving.com/team/breakthruforbraincancer