Why I am a regular donor
Philip was just 14 when he was diagnosed with a dysgerminola brain tumour. It was 1985 and he’d been having headaches, drinking lots of water and his eyesight was affected.
“The first time I went along to the group I met an old school friend,” said Philip. “It’s a friendly, social group and I have learnt so much from the sessions that I am now able to offer advice to the group.”
“I wanted to help a charity that had helped me so I decided to become a regular donor. It’s a small amount that makes a huge difference.”
The brain tumour took away Philip’s pituitary gland leaving him on life-time medication; it damaged his optic nerve so his sight is badly affected; and it has affected his hypothalamus which controls body heat and fluids.
But that has not stopped Philip! As well as volunteering at the Taunton Brain Tumour Support Group, he volunteers for two other charities and enjoys acoustic rifle shooting, tennis and cricket. He is also looking forward to this year’s Brain Tumour Support Weekend.
Philip after a skydive to raise funds
for Brain Tumour Support