South Wales Echo - - FRONT PAGE - MARK SMITH Health cor­re­spon­dent mark.smith@waleson­

A COM­MON­WEALTH judo star who was di­ag­nosed with an in­op­er­a­ble brain tu­mour has died at the age of 26.

Jamie MacDon­ald, from Maesteg, was de­scribed as a “tal­ented, hum­ble and self­less” per­son who helped oth­ers in their fights against can­cer.

His younger brother Luke posted on Face­book on Sun­day: “To­day is by far the worst day of my life. The feel­ing of los­ing not just a brother, but a role model and best friend is in­de­scrib­able and I’m gonna miss you more than words could ever ex­plain.”

Dozens of trib­utes have been posted on so­cial me­dia to the tal­ented sports­man.

Bri­tish Judo tweeted: “Ev­ery­one at Bri­tish Judo would like to ex­tend our deep­est con­do­lences to Jamie MacDon­ald’s fam­ily and friends af­ter he passed away fol­low­ing a bat­tle with can­cer. RIP Jamie.”

Jamie had started a new job af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Cardiff Univer­sity when he started ex­pe­ri­enc­ing headaches more than two years ago.

He said he put them down to a change in en­vi­ron­ment and sit­ting in front of a com­puter screen all day.

Af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing pins and nee­dles, he was taken to A&E where a CT scan re­vealed he had a brain tu­mour.

The in­op­er­a­ble tu­mour – which he named “Timmy” af­ter the South Park char­ac­ter – did re­duce in size by 20% fol­low­ing chemo­ther­apy and ra­dio­ther­apy. But he lost his bat­tle with the dis­ease on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

As well as fight­ing the con­di­tion him­self, Jamie also sup­ported Can­cer Re­search UK and helped raise money in a bid to im­prove treat­ments.

Ruth Amies, Can­cer Re­search UK’s spokesper­son for Wales, said: “Jamie was an ex­tra­or­di­nary in­di­vid­ual who was com­mit­ted to help­ing oth­ers af­fected by can­cer. Those at Can­cer Re­search UK who had the priv­i­lege of work­ing closely with him and his won­der­ful fam­ily en­coun­tered a tal­ented, hum­ble and self­less in­di­vid­ual who was pas­sion­ate about rais­ing aware­ness of all forms of the dis­ease, but par­tic­u­larly brain can­cer.

“Jamie did a fan­tas­tic job sup­port­ing a num­ber of our cam­paigns, es­pe­cially Stand Up To Can­cer with his pow­er­ful film which ap­peared on Chan­nel 4.

“His story touched so many peo­ple, help­ing to raise vi­tal funds and ad­vance our work to find more ef­fec­tive treat­ments for the dis­ease. Our thoughts and heart­felt con­do­lences are with his fam­ily at this dif­fi­cult time.”


Com­mon­wealth judo com­peti­tor Jamie MacDon­ald has died aged 26

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