Jordan’s wheeling in thousands in memory of his sister Chloe - The Evesham Observer

Jordan’s wheeling in thousands in memory of his sister Chloe

Evesham Editorial 18th Jun, 2022   0

A PERSHORE man who saddled up for a 370 mile cycle ride in memory of his teenage sister who died from a brain tumour has already raised more than £3,700 to help fund vital research.

Jordan Clayton, 30, spent four days from June 10, cycling from London to Amsterdam to raise money for Brain Tumour Research in memory of his younger sister Chloe who was just 19 when she died from the deadly disease.

Chloe was diagnosed with a rare grade four brain tumour, one year after she started to experience painful headaches.

After months of trips to her GP, Chloe was referred to Worcestershire Royal Hospital in September 2015 for an MRI scan which revealed the devastating news of a mass on her brain.

Surgeons removed 95 per cent of the tumour during a 10 hour operation and a biopsy revealed the tumour was a rare grade four and Chloe had six months of radiotherapy.

In July 2016 Chloe began to suffer with violent seizures which became more frequent and an MRI showed the cancer had spread to other parts of her body.

She was placed on palliative care and died at home, surrounded by her family on September 15, 2016 just one year after she was diagnosed.

Jordan, a kitchen designer at Elgar Kitchens in Hallow, said: “Chloe was curious about what having a brain tumour meant. Surely they’d take it out and she could carry on with her life?

“It’s almost as if we were both ignorant of what a brain tumour was because we hadn’t known anyone who had this disease.”

Speaking of his cycle challenge, Jordan said: “The hardest part of the cycle was the first day London to Dover, so many hills and two punctures along the way, it was testing, but I made it through.

“What helped me most was the team I was with, everyone was so encouraging and that helped me so much. Also knowing my sister would be so proud was always at the front of my mind when my legs started to give way.

“I am so chuffed with raising the amount I have, and so many more donations were given whilst I was out riding. I can’t thank everyone enough who has supported me for this and I am already looking forward to the next challenge.”

Mel Tiley, community development manager at Brain Tumour Research, said:

“It’s incredibly brave he has been able to open up about the loss of a family member.

“Cycling hundreds of miles is an incredible achievement and the amount he has raised reflects this too. Thanks so much Jordan.”

Brain Tumour Research funds sustainable research at dedicated centres in the UK. It also campaigns for the Government and the larger cancer charities to invest more in research into brain tumours in order to speed up new treatments for patients and, ultimately, to find a cure.

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