Lincolnshire men to cycle 220 miles to raise awareness of incurable brain condition

After their lives were shattered overnight following the diagnosis of an incurable brain disease in their much-loved mum and aunt, three Lincolnshire men are set to cycle 220 miles to raise awareness and funds.

It was in September 2016 that Jeana Hopkins was struck down with Glioblastoma, Simon Hopkins said: “This is an incurable form of brain tumour with little to no research and development.

“Jeana couldn’t just have one, but she had two tumours that were grade four and our lives were shattered overnight.”

The average length of time people survive after diagnosis is 16 months, and while there are 2,200 new cases in England each year, very little is known about how Glioblastoma develops.

Simon added: “She fought and fought the disease, anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her would agree she was a fighter and a strong woman.

“We saw the disease quickly take control of her and sadly she passed away in February 2017 at St Barnabas Hospice in Grantham Hospital.”

Last year, her sons and nephews, Gary, Matt and Simon, channeled some of the fighting spirit Jeana showed and cycled 190 miles from Grantham to Great Yarmouth.

While they aimed to raise £1,000 for Brain Tumour Research, 60 supporters helped take the final total to £1,627.

This year, they will try to channel even more of Jeana’s fighting spirit and cycle 220 miles – from Grantham to Whitby, over the Humber Bridge, in three days starting Thursday 5th September.

Simon added: “Our family didn’t have our mum home for Christmas but with us funding more development, maybe someone could have theirs.”

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