A teenager with an incurable brain tumour is battling to leave a £50,000 charity legacy in the hope of saving other people’s lives.
Hannah Brown is determined to remain positive and has embarked on a fundraising campaign for a charity which helps fund research into a cure for the disease.
This is despite medics saying her cancer had spread to her spine and is now incurable.
The 17-year-old of Dunscroft told the Free Press: “I have a good head on my shoulders and have stayed positive throughout. Just because I have cancer and you will see me with no hair I am still the same person.”
Speaking about the news that the cancer is incurable Hannah added: “I definitely don’t want to be treated any differently as I am still as positive as ever. I’ll be raising money for my charity and doing things I’ve always wanted to do.”
Hannah was diagnosed with a brain tumour last February after experiencing problems with her hearing. After chemotherapy and radiotherapy she was told last month that it is incurable.
The Ash Hill Academy pupil sat and passed two GCSE exams in hospital the day after having brain surgery.
Despite undergoing treatment and enduring countless operations the inspirational teen has continued her studies, sporting activities and won the Prom Queen title at her school prom.
Hannah’s attitude has inspired the whole community, which is rallying round to help her hit her £50,000 target for the Parents’ Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia (PACT).
Her parents Vel and David said: “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 ‘let’s sort something out right now, the tears are finished, let’s just get on with it’.
“Hannah has a saying, 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’s family are currently supporting her while in the process of getting second opinions on her diagnosis and considering treatment options.
Hannah’s brothers, Matthew, 23, and 26-year-old Craig, have also been inspired by their sister.
Craig said: “Hannah is an inspiration to so many people. Throughout the last year she has remained so strong and positive. She has made her bucket list of all the things she wants to do and more than anything else she wants to raise money for the charity.”
As well as continuing to work hard at school Hannah is also a dedicated sportswoman and can lay claim to playing for Doncaster Belles U16s and winning numerous titles with Pilkington Recreation Bowling Club - including coming runner up in the South Yorkshire Juniors Crown Green Bowls Tournament the day after her diagnosis.
She has also qualified for the All England Junior Ladies Final and made the finals of the All England Senior Mixed Doubles progressing to the quarter final stage,
David Williams principal, Ash Hill Academy said: “Hannah is a fantastic student who is continuing to work hard during her illness.
“She has an amazing personality and determination and this has been shown in her decision to fund raise for PACT. She is a credit to herself, her family and our academy.
“The academy is fully supportive of Hannah and her family in raising the funds for her chosen charity.”
PACT was formed in 1977 as a support group for families whose children had cancer. It now provides equipment to families and provides money for research into a cure for cancer.
To donate or find out how you can help visit http://www.justgiving.com/bandana.
You can also text your donation to PACT using Text Code - HANB97, Amount and send To - 70070