A father-of-two from Watford who was diagnosed with a brain tumour after suffering a seizure has inspired a charity fundraiser one year on.
Dean Cameron was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma in March last year after suffering a seizure at the dinner table during a family meal. He was 45 years old and had been unwell for about a year, but was misdiagnosed with a number of conditions including depression, vertigo and high blood pressure.
His wife, Victoria said: “The night it happened, we were just sitting down to have a curry and the next thing I knew he coughed and started having a seizure. Within minutes my whole world was turned upside down, and his.”
Dean, a former British Airways ramp agent, went on to have three operations.
Victoria added: “Now, one year on, he’s in remission and probably happier than ever. I didn’t realise how much his tumour had changed our lives. He was angry, his personality had changed, he was always tired, his head was hurting and we had no explanation for it.”
To mark the first year since Dean’s diagnosis – which fell during Brain Tumour Awareness Month – and to help raise funds and awareness for the charity Brain Tumour Research, Victoria organised a Wear a Hat Day event in Leavesden Country Park on March 25 – where a group of around 25 people wore their specially-designed hats to the fundraiser.
As assistant manager of the Hertfordshire County Council-run Watford Day Service, a facility for adults with learning disabilities, Victoria prepared for the event by making hats with the individuals she helps care for.
Dean’s youngest daughter, Phoebe, 11, also did her part to boost funds, with her form tutor at St Michael’s Catholic High School in Watford having promised to donate £20 if she wore a hat throughout the school day.
Now in its 13th year, Wear A Hat Day has raised more than £2million for Brain Tumour Research to help fund the fight against the disease. It is one of the UK’s biggest and best-loved brain tumour research awareness and fundraising days.
To support this fundraiser reference ‘Victoria Cameron’ when making a donation via www.braintumourresearch.org/donation