Health scare in­spires Daniel to be char­ity’s youngest ever run­ner

Teenager di­ag­nosed with be­nign tu­mour rais­ing funds for re­search

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Daniel Bur­ridge, from Glebe Road, will be lac­ing up his train­ers for the London Marathon later this year to raise funds for Brain Tu­mour Re­search.

Doc­tors di­ag­nosed the 18-year-old with a tu­mour on his pituitary gland in Jan­uary 2016 but, fol­low­ing an ag­o­nis­ing six week wait, learned it was be­nign.

He said: “It was a day af­ter my scan that ev­ery­thing be­came a lot more se­ri­ous.

“Mum [Kate] had a phone call from the con­sul­tant who told her they found a tu­mour.

“Mum and dad were left to tell me, al­though I had al­ready worked that out for my­self.

“Mum found the wait much more wor­ry­ing than me. It re­ally af­fected her. I was more wor­ried about whether I was go­ing to be able to con­tinue box­ing.”

The youngest of three chil­dren, at 17 Daniel was just 5ft 5ins tall and weighed just eight stone, while his dad, Roy, tow­ered over him at 6ft 4inches.

Tests by a pe­di­a­tri­cian re­vealed his bone age was two-and-a-half years be­hind what it should be.

He was pre­scribed growth hor­mones and sent for an MRI scan, which re­vealed he had a tu­mour.

He said: “I knew there was some­thing wrong when I saw a small spot of dense colour in the black and white im­age of my head.

“I was gen­uinely scared. I knew that wasn’t nor­mal and could in­di­cate a tu- mour. I was even more scared to say any­thing to my mum as I knew it would af­fect her even worse.”

On March 10, the fam­ily were over­joyed to learn the tu­mour was be­nign and Daniel, who his in his last year at Dr Chal­loner’s Gram­mar School, now has plans to go to univer­sity.

He is study­ing for A Lev­els in fur­ther maths, phys- ics and ge­og­ra­phy, hav­ing taken maths last year, and is hop­ing to study me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing at Im­pe­rial Col­lege London or Bath Univer­sity.

He said: “I re­alise I have been very lucky and that thou­sands of oth­ers di­ag­nosed with brain tu­mours are not so for­tu­nate, which is why I want to give some­thing back.

“I ran my first half-marathon at the age of 14 un­der my brother’s name be­cause the min­i­mum age was 15.”

To make a do­na­tion visit www.vir­gin­money­giv­ing. com/DanielBur­ridge, or visit www.brain­tu­mour­re­search.org for more in­for­ma­tion.

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