Hannah Brown from Hatfield in Doncaster was diagnosed with cancer in February 2014 when she was 17. Despite having chemotherapy and radiotherapy, she was told in the summer of 2014 that the cancer had spread to her spine and was now incurable. Since her diagnosis she continued to be in high spirits – even sitting two GCSE exams – both of which she passed – in hospital the day after brain surgery.
Despite undergoing treatment and enduring countless operations, she continued her studies and sporting activities and won the “Prom Queen” title at her school prom at Ash Hill Academy. Hannah decided to set up a fundraising campaign for PACT with a target of raising 50,000.
“I have tried to stay positive throughout. Just because I have cancer and you will see me with no hair, I am still the same person. I definitely don’t want to be treated any differently as I am still as positive as ever. I’ll be raising money for PACT and doing the things I’ve always wanted to do.”
Her parents, Vel and David, added:
‘”She’s been through operation after operation but she’s never complained – she just gets on with it. When we first found the tumour was cancerous there were a lot of tears from all of us, but Hannah just said: ‘Lets sort something out right now, the tears are finished, let’s just get on with it’. ‘She says “I’m a warrior not a worrier” – and that sums up her attitude. We are so proud of Hannah. She’s an inspiration.”
Hannah passed away in October 2014 aged 17.
In February this year the amount raised in Hannah’s memory on the JustGiving website passed £50,000 and continues to grow; it now stands at £51,259.
Vel Brown said “A massive thank you to everyone who has donated to Hannah’s charity, and all those who have organised charity events that have helped Hannah reach her target. A special thank you to Ash Hill Academy for all their help and support throughout Hannah’s illness, and fundraising events. Even though Hannah has reached her target as a family we would like the fund raising to continue. We are in the process of setting up a charity in memory of Hannah, and to ensure Hannah’s wish of helping others continues into the future.”
You can read more and make a donation on Hannah’s JustGiving page.