MARK Fischer-Beards is keeping the fighting spirit of his late wife Laura alive by taking on The Equinox 24-hour endurance race to raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity.
Former Warwick Hospital nurse Laura was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in October 2012 after suffering from persistent neck pain.
The mum-of-three fought a determined and brave battle against the disease including overcoming paralysis, undertaking chemotherapy and jetting out to America for last-hope surgery.
Her brave fight, however, was lost in September 2015 when she passed away shortly before her 40th birthday at the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull.
After her death, Mark set up ‘The Laura Fischer-Beards Fund’ as an official supporter group of The Brain Tumour Charity.
He told The Observer: “We are hoping to reach a total of £20,000 for the first year for ‘The Laura Fischer-Beards Fund’ and are very close to achieving it.
Mark, joined by friends, family and supporters have already raised over £18,000 through a variety of events.
And he is hoping the latest fund-raising effort – The Equinox 24 event – will see the £20,000 target reached.
Mark will be joined at the September event at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire by Mel Glover, Simon Hackett, April Langston, Darren Bird, Christian Horne and Natalie Bird, who will run as many 10km laps in 24 hours as they can.
Geraldine Pipping, The Brain Tumour Charity’s director of fund-raising, paid tribute to Mark for his determination to help others in the face of his own loss.
She added: “We receive no government funding and rely 100 per cent on voluntary donations, so it’s only through the efforts of Mark and others like him that we can work towards our twin goals of doubling survival and halving the harm caused by brain tumours.
“Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and people under 40 in the UK and survival rates have not improved significantly over the last 40 years. We need to change that.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Laura-Fischer-Beards-fund to donate and for further details.