A dad wants to keep raising awareness about brain tumours despite getting heartbreaking news about his daughter’s condition.
Cat Anderson, who was born in Glasgow, raised in Corby and lived in Uppingham until recently, was just 36 when she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in 2014.
Since then, the bravery of Cat, who is known as ‘Cat in a Hat’ because she wears various different hats, has inspired many people to raise money to fund research into the disease.
A scan in February showed the tumour has spread to another part of the brain and Cat was due to have six rounds of chemotherapy.
But a scan this month showed the new tumour is spreading rapidly and the oncology team has decided there is little benefit to be gained from the remaining three doses so have discontinued all treatment.
Cat’s dad Rob Anderson said: “Cat remains positive and accepts the fact that she has a life-limiting disease, but she always said she would fight to the end.
“She always said she was not dying, but living life with an appreciation that it may end sooner than she had hoped.”
Cat is now staying with her dad in Kettering to get the support she needs to carry out her daily routine.
And while her family rally around her, they are really grateful for the support they have received and continue to receive since Cat’s diagnosis.
Rob said: “We really appreciate that lots of local people have supported us in our fundraising attempts previously and also in Cat’s brave fight against this horrible disease.
“I feel it is important that we inform them of Cat’s health at present as this unfortunately is the grim reality of this diagnosis.”
Family and friends have held numerous fundraisers in support of Cat, and Rob was pleased to see that Kettering mayor Scott Edwards has chosen Brain Tumour Research as one of his charities.
Rob said: “I saw recently that the mayor of Kettering has chosen Brain Tumour Research as his chosen charity this year.
“Hopefully this will raise awareness of what is a very common and often deadly disease that goes unmentioned and underfunded.”
The family has also been touched by the generosity of the organisers of Flashpoint Festival in July.
Rob said: “We have many great memories that have been made since Cat’s diagnosis just under three years ago, one being the festival at Rockingham last year.
“We really appreciate the organisers kindly allowing us free passes and hope that Cat is well enough to be there.
“Deacon Blue would be another great memory to add as originally myself and Cat’s mum Margo are from Glasgow and Cat was born there before we moved to Corby when she was one.”
According to Brain Tumour Research, brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer.
In the UK, about 16,000 people each year are diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Less than 20 per cent of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years.
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