WEB REVIEW – Father-to-be vows to battle brain tumor

Kerry and Mark Kelso are preparing for the birth of their first child. It should be the happiest time of their lives, but they are also facing an uncertain future as Mark has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Mark first realized there was something wrong when he started to suffer from double vision and headaches last year. The couple were just celebrating Kerry’s first pregnancy when they were given the devastating diagnosis. Only 14 adults a year are diagnosed with this type of tumor, but fortunately, it is not cancerous.

Mark has vowed to stay strong for his unborn baby as he prepares for treatment. He is set to undergo surgery to remove his tumor, which is the size of a golf ball right behind his eye, but he will also need to fly abroad for special pioneering treatment funded by the NHS to remove the rest of the tumor.

The couple are currently fundraising for Brain Tumour Research. They are hoping to raise hundreds of pounds to support the charity, which was launched in 2008, and aims to raise at least £7 million a year to create seven Brain Tumour Research Centres of Excellence across the UK.