Brave grandma to hold charity walk

Carol Rutherford.
Carol Rutherford.

A brave woman who has recovered after suffering with an undiagnosed brain tumour is organising a marathon walk next month for charity.

Carol Rutherford, of Steppingley Road, Flitwick, collapsed at home in 2012 over the Jubillee weekend. She was rushed to Bedford Hospital, but they did not diagnose a brain tumour until hours later.

She was then transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital where she underwent the life-saving eight-hour operation to remove the fist-sized tumour.

Medics told her that if the tumour had grown any bigger it could have killed her - and they said it could have been growing for as long as ten years.

This month is Brain Tumour Awareness Month and Carol and the Greensand Ridge Rovers Team are holding a second fundraising walk to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity on April 26.

People will have the chance to walk half or the full marathon distance of the Greensand Ridge, starting at Tesco, near Leighton Buzzard Centre and finishing at Woburn or Clophill.

Carol said: “I am really looking forward to holding the event again for such an important cause.

“It’s fantastic that so many of last year’s walkers are keen to join us again in raising funds for The Brain Tumour Charity and that we have tempted some new ones too.

“The event also helps publicise the signs and symptoms of brain tumours that are so often missed, even by health professionals.”

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