The Rachel Bown Fund is raising money and awareness for Brain Tumour Support because Rachel is a survivor, and to bring hope and encouragement to others.
Rachel is a PE teacher and triathlete competing at international level. She was diagnosed with a brain tumour in the summer of 2014. After surgery in December 2014 to remove the tumour she faced life threatening post-op complications, but she battled her way back to fitness within just six months in order to take up her place at the 2015 Triathlon European Championships in Geneva in July 2015.
Rachel explains 'The Butterfly Within'
I have given a lot of thought to butterflies in the last couple of months and have compared myself to them in a number of ways!
- Firstly the philosophical idea that before my diagnosis I was a caterpillar, during my illness I became a chrysalis, trapped and unable to spread my wings & now I am emerging as a butterfly.
- Secondly, a sense that I've become the ‘hungry caterpillar’. Munching on life & getting fat!...but next year I will transform to a fit beautiful butterfly.
- Thirdly, the importance of the butterfly effect. The idea that a butterfly flutters its wings on one side of the world and the effects are seen on the other side. During my illness I recognised how my behaviour affected others and that's why I wanted to emit positivity.
Bath Half Marathon
4th March 2018
Rachel will be completing this wearing her radiotherapy mask to celebrate Brain Tumour Support and the NHS.
No.10 Book Club
A dawn run and "bring and buy" event.
24th April 2016
Rachel ran as Mr Hippo and achieved a Guinness World Record as Fastest Female Mascot in a marathon!
Bristol Half Marathon
13th September 2015
A fabulous team took part for Rachel's Champion Fund, with Rachel running dressed as our mascot, Mr. Hippo.
Rachel's Life Party
4th September 2015
A very special event held at Trowbridge Civic Hall. Rachel said '"Be prepared to laugh, have fun and shed tears of joy'" - and everyone did!