Son’s diagnosis inspires Walk of Hope

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A father whose youngest son has been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour is taking part in our Walk of Hope on Saturday 30th September. 

José de Abreu has signed up for our Walk of Hope in Chichester inspired by his son, Chavier, who was diagnosed with a high-grade astrocytoma in April 2021. Chavier’s tumour is inoperable but he has undergone radiotherapy, a recent shunt surgery and is currently on his third round of chemotherapy. 

José said: “My husband will be coming with me and I’m going to bring Chavier too, but my older son lives in South West London and I’m trying to twist his arm to come and walk with us. I’m looking forward to it. 

“It’s the first time I’ll be meeting other people affected by brain tumours, in a non-clinical environment, so it’ll be nice to maybe form a network and share stories. I think it’ll be great.” 

José is more than halfway to his ambitious fundraising target, having already raised nearly £250 on his JustGiving page. Click here to donate. 

And Walk of Hope is headed overseas as Chavier’s story has inspired his family in South Africa to do their own walk and fundraise too.

José added: “My hope is that researchers will find something that can help Chavier, and that in the future we’ll be helping others like him.” 

With a month to go, there’s still time to register for our Walk of Hope and join our community of walkers stepping forward to help find a cure for brain tumours. Find out more about our Walk of Hope events. 

Or, if our walks aren’t convenient for you, plan your own Walk of Hope wherever you are and whenever you can. Learn more here. 

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