A mum whose battle with THREE brain tumours continues to inspire us is hoping for lots of companies on a walk up a 1,000ft hill. Melanie Hennessy was diagnosed with two tumours just six weeks after giving birth to her daughter Daisy in 2009. A third was found last year but Mel refuses to let cancer win.
Last year, she was joined by more than 140 family and friends for a walk up Roseberry Topping in North Yorkshire to raise funds for, and awareness of, brain tumours. More than ￡2,000 was raised for Brain Tumour Research and Mel’s own charity MINE—Money Is Needed Every Day. And on Sunday, she’s at it again and hopes lots of people will join her.
Mel said, “At the moment, I’m doing OK. I still spend a lot of time attending hospital appointments with ongoing problems but, luckily, I am closely watched and have a fantastic team of doctors and specialists who take good care of me. The walk is about raising awareness and money to hopefully find a cure for this terrible disease. People can run, walk, crawl up the hill if they wish and everyone is welcome. It doesn’t matter what age you are and, yes, dogs are welcome too.”
Mel has recently started working from home as an independent consultant with natural health and beauty firm Arbonne and says it has made her “feel like I am somebody again”. She said, “I absolutely love it because all the products are free from all nasty toxins and chemicals—something I am very passionate about given my own situation. I want to live a healthier and happier life without using things that can be linked to cancer and I want to help others to do the same. So for now, I feel I have even more to fight for and it gives me an inner strength to keep fighting against my brain.