Walk of Hope in memory of Albie to raise funds for brain tumor research

A couple bereaved by their two-year-old son, who died of a brain tumor last year, are organizing a Walk of Hope in his memory to help find a cure for the disease.

Didcot’s Albie Bayliss-Watts was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor when he was just 18 months old after having an unannounced seizure.

He underwent grueling surgery and chemotherapy, but that was not enough to stop the progression of his unclassifiable brain tumor and he died on November 28, less than a year after diagnosis.

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Now her mums, Lauren and Hayley Bayliss-Watts, who started a fundraising group known as Albie and Beyond under the charity Brain Tumor Research, are stepping up to organize their own walk fundraising.

The five and a half mile course will start at 2pm on Saturday September 24 from the Royal Oak in Didcot.

The route will follow a resurfaced old railway line to the George and Dragon in Upton and back and is suitable for all ages and abilities. Walkers are encouraged to wear fancy dress if they wish and are welcome to bring their dogs.

Parking and toilets are available at both pubs, refreshments will be provided and there will be a DJ at the Royal Oak in the evenings.

Lauren said: “We are really excited about our Hope Walk and expect the day to be full of happy faces and laughter.

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“We miss Albie so dearly and so painfully – he was a whirlwind toddler who kept us on our toes all day, every day.

“He made everyone laugh and got us through the toughest times. We try to embrace Albie’s spirit, his zest for life and his determination to help us cope with life without him. .

“Creating Albie and Beyond in memory of our little boy has been its own whirlwind. It keeps us going and gives us something to focus on.

“We love being a fundraising group and are delighted to be leading a Walk of Hope on the same day as many others are taking place across the UK. We hope this is a great opportunity to raise funds and raise awareness, while creating beautiful memories.”

Brain Tumor Research encourages people to take part in the national fundraising event which attracts hundreds of people every September by undertaking one of their Hope Walks across the UK or creating one of their. After registering, supporters will receive a Hope Walk t-shirt to wear with pride as you walk, as well as a fundraising pack.

Melanie Tiley, community development manager at Brain Tumor Research, said: “Brain tumors are blind and can affect anyone at any age. Less than 12% of patients survive beyond five years against an average of 50% for all cancers.

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“We are so grateful to Lauren and Hayley for encouraging their community to support them in their fight to find a cure so other families don’t have to suffer like they did and we wish them all the best. for their Walk of Hope. .”

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Brain Tumor Research funds sustainable research at dedicated centers in the UK.

He is also campaigning for the government and major cancer charities to invest more in brain tumor research to speed up new treatments for patients and ultimately find a cure.

The charity is driving the call for a national annual spend of £35million to improve survival rates and patient outcomes in line with other cancers such as breast cancer and leukemia and is also campaigning for greater drug reuse.

To learn more about how you can join a Walk of Hope and step up to help find a cure, go to braintumourresearch.org/fundraise/walk-of-hope/organised-walks.

This story was written by Andy Ffrench, he joined the team over 20 years ago and now covers community news across Oxfordshire.

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