Young Blackpool NHS worker with terminal cancer signs up for month-long walking challenge
Pic: Zara Taylor and Adele Broadley at FriendsFest
Submitted by Liz Fussey
A Blackpool woman, diagnosed a year ago with an aggressive brain tumour, pledged to walk 10,000 steps a day in February.
Zara Taylor, an NHS worker, signed up for the event to raise money to help find a cure for the disease after she was found to have glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) after suffering multiple attacks Last year.
GBM has an average survival prognosis of 12 to 18 months.
Zara, 31, who worked at Blackpool Victoria Hospital until she was diagnosed and now has a role as an NHS administrator working from home, said: “Since my diagnosis I have had surgery surgery, as well as six weeks of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, which I completed last October.
“It was a huge relief to finish as the treatment literally kicked me for six years. I felt so sick and couldn’t eat, I ended up losing about 20kg.
“I know my prognosis is poor, but I have heard of some GBM patients who have survived for six or even 10 years, and I am determined to be one of them. I try to stop thinking about what could happen, but it can be very hard, especially during big family celebrations, especially birthdays.
“My husband Jordan and I had only been married a little over a year when I had the seizures that led to my diagnosis. We have two lovely Shar Pei dogs, Lola and Tia, who I really hope to survive.
“For now, I’m focused on making memories, even if the pandemic doesn’t help our travel plans!”
Since finishing her treatment, Zara has set up Zara’s appeal for a cure which can be found here, a fundraising group under the umbrella of the national charity Brain Tumor Research, to help fund research to achieve better outcomes for brain tumor patients and ultimately a cure.
Having already raised over £4,000 by taking part in Brain Tumor Research’s Jog 26 Miles in May Challenge last year, Zara has signed up to take part in the charity’s Walk 10,000 Steps in February Challenge with her friend Adele Broadley who works in the Costa in Blackpool Victoria.
Zara added: “I can’t wait to get together with Adele as I don’t see her so much now that I’m working from home. We’ll probably do most of our walks in Stanley Park and enjoy a good chat.
“Sometimes I’ll walk with Lola and Tia. It’ll be a great way to keep fit and get some fresh air while keeping up with what’s going on in the hospital!”
After a successful first challenge a year ago which raised nearly £1million to support vital research and campaigns, Brain Tumor Research’s 10,000 steps a day challenge in February is back.
The charity is calling on people to take the Facebook Challenge and make it even bigger and better in 2022. Participants will receive a free emoji t-shirt and fundraising pack when they receive their first donation and a special medal if they raise £274. or more.
Matthew Price, community development manager for Brain Tumor Research, said: “The best part of the 10,000 steps a day challenge in February is that you can adapt your steps to your daily life.
“It could be grabbing a coffee and meeting up with friends at your local park, walking or running to school instead of driving, getting off the bus a few stops early, or walking around your house. while on the phone.You could even team up with friends or colleagues and complete your paperwork together!
“We are so grateful to Zara for their continued support and to Adele too for signing up to participate in 10,000 steps a day to fund vital research to find a cure for brain tumours. Less than 12% of those diagnosed with a brain tumor survive beyond five years against an average of 50% for all cancers.”
To sponsor Zara’s 10,000 steps a day challenge and donate to Zara’s Call for a Cure, go to facebook page.
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