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Belfast trainer pleads for help to fight brain tumour

By Cate McCurry

A 21-year-old man diagnosed with a brain tumour has pleaded for the public’s help to raise money for potentially life-saving treatment.

Ollie Jowett originally from Cornwall but now living in Belfast was last year diagnosed with a Grade II brain tumour on the front right lobe of his brain.

The personal trainer was delivered further devastating news last month when consultants discovered a growth on the tumour.

While only two in 10 people live past five years after diagnosis, Ollie is determined to fight the tumour and hopes to start alternate medicinal therapies - but it comes at a high cost of £24,000.

“The standard procedure for a diagnosis such as mine is surgery then chemotherapy and radiotherapy,” he said.

“The proposition of brain surgery is scary given the risks involved such as death, going blind and losing my speech. For these reasons I feel I must look into alternate medicinal therapies which pose much less risk for an even greater reward - getting cured of this awful disease.

“However, these therapies are not funded by the NHS and come at a cost of £2,000 per month.”

To date, Ollie has raised £2,500 but has a long way to go to achieve his target.

Despite the high cost of the treatment, Ollie is determined to try a more holistic approach to fight the tumour.

He added: “I don’t have anywhere near that kind of money so it has led me to reach out to the public to help me raise this money. I have a long way to go - it’s hard for me to ask but when you are desperate you have to do everything in your ability.

Ollie, who works at Gym Co in Finaghy, made a difficult decision to reduce the number of clients as he became lethargic and struggled for energy.

He continued: “I have a very good work ethic and am very passionate about what I do. I’ve gone from working six days a week over seven years to working part time and that’s mentally tough.

“I have to accept that I can’t sustain my normal working hours and have had to be honest with myself.

“Surgery imposes so many risks that it has put me off wanting to go ahead with it. These alternative therapies are all safe, they are countless studies to suggest they work.

“We all know someone who has been affected by cancer. Now it’s my turn to deal with this and you get such a perspective, valuing time and life.

“I am asking the public in desperation that I need their help to reach the amount I need. As a 21-year-old I don’t have that disposable income of £24,000.

“As much as it pains me to ask for the help, I don’t have an alternative.

“I feel I must ask, no matter how much people can give.”

To donate to Ollie's funding campaign click here.

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