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Keith Priestley, divisional manager for our Office Services and Call and Contact Centre recruitment in our Leicester office, along with his wife Sharon,are taking on the challenge of a 10k run on July 10th to raise money for The Teenage Cancer Trust. Keith and Sharon have been involved with the charity ever since their 16-year-old son, Samuel, was diagnosed with a pilocytic astrocytoma brain tumour two years ago.
Samuel underwent surgery on July 10th, 2018 and as the couple first met on a 10th of July, they felt there was enough providence to take part in next month’s 10k.
Keith is taking part in the run thanks to our strategic partnership with Odro, a video interview technology business.
Odro has organised the mass 10k and it is open to anyone who works in recruitment, with all proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust. If you're up for Odro's Active Recruiters Challenge, there is still time to get involved.
With the challenge only days away, Keith said: “Training for something like this has been quite tough, but it’s nothing compared to what Samuel has been through these past two years. The surgery he had only removed around half the tumour, so he has had to undergo intensive weekly chemotherapy sessions which leaves him feeling groggy for most of the week.”
A promising footballer, Samuel was playing for Leicester City school boys up until 2018 when he began complaining of headaches. A trip to the doctors for a blood test and an examination of his eyes by an optician led quickly to him being rushed to hospital and being operated on only days later.
Speaking of this time, Keith added, “It was a horrible, scary time but we’re still here two years later. The hope now is that though Samuel’s tumour is likely to be life-changing, that it doesn’t become life-threatening and that the chemo will shrink it further. The run that Odro has organised has ended up being a really welcome distraction, especially given the past few months of lockdown and it’s for a great cause as well.”
Since his operation, Samuel has been left with hydrocephalus, a build-up of fluid on the brain and has had two shunts fitted that drain the fluid. The procedure involved Samuel having a tube fitted to the back of the head, something he will have for life.
Despite a difficult two years, Samuel still managed to go to school. He successfully completed his mock exams at home and is hoping to go to college in September.
If you would like to support Keith in raising funds for such a worthy cause, then you can donate here.