Brain tumour victim hopes to pedal through pain barrier

A FATHER with a brain tumour has been told he will be treated with a form of chemotherapy for the rest of his life.

Ian Meek was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 1994 but in 2009 he was told it had become malignant.

Despite his illness, he and his supporters have collected almost £90,000 for a West Yorkshire brain tumour charity – including from a 200-mile cycle ride earlier this year.

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Now he is planning a possible trip from Land’s End to John O’Groats next year.

The father-of-three from Kippax, Leeds, said: “As long as I am well enough, I will do it.”

In December Mr Meek, 41, underwent an operation to remove as much of the tumour as possible.

Since then he has been having chemotherapy and a recent scan showed the tumour had stayed exactly the same.

Now, specialists have said that carrying on the chemotherapy treatment would be the best way to keep the tumour at bay for as long as possible.

He said: “It looks like the rest of my life will be on chemo. I have done really well with it.”

He added: “It’s all to be expected and you have just got to get on with it.

“The whole thing is prolonging my life.”

Mr Meek has raised £88,000 for Andrea’s Gift through walking the national three peaks and cycling from Bristol to Bradford earlier this year, with a 37-strong team.

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