Cancer-battling mum raises thousands

Cancer patient Donna Howley and friend Maxine Grainger pictured presenting a cheque to Beverley Marsden, Aurora Beauty and Holistic therapist. Picture: Marie Caley S0177MC
Cancer patient Donna Howley and friend Maxine Grainger pictured presenting a cheque to Beverley Marsden, Aurora Beauty and Holistic therapist. Picture: Marie Caley S0177MC
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A MUM of two who found herself battling five brain tumours after being diagnosed with breast cancer last July, has thrown herself in to fundraising for others.

And last Sunday brave Donna Howley, 41, of Mexborough, ran the Race for Life at Doncaster and stormed home in 34 minutes, with pal Maxine Grainger of Bolton-on-Dearne.

With the help of family, friends, a charity evening at Goldthorpe Reform WMC and a run by the Mexborough Wetherspoons’ football team, the women have raised over £6000.

The money has been split between the Aurora Centre, Mexborough, and the neurosurgery unit at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital, with more cash yet to be allocated.

Donna was given a bleak prognosis when the brain tumours were first discovered. She was told they were cancerous, then was told by a London specialist at the Royal Marsden Hospital that there is a chance they may not be.

An operation proved one tumour to be benign, and Donna faces further surgery soon. She described herself as “not out of the woods but a lot better than if I had accepted the first diagnosis.”

Maxine, 38, said: “Raising money has given Donna a focus. She was fantastic at Race for Life last weekend...unbelievable!”

After her next operation, Donna hopes the three remaining, smaller tumours may be treated with Gamma Rays. She is continuing with radiotherapy treatment for her breast.