Robyn raises £5.5k for lifesaving fund
A MILLBROOK woman whose life was saved by pioneering surgery after a tumour was found in her brain has raised nearly £5,500 for charity.
Robyn Teague, 25, raised money for The Cavitron Fund, which helped to fund a 3-D brain scanner that saved her life.
She raised the money by getting her head shaved and organising a triathlon.
The Cavitron Fund is a charity that provides relief and treatment for sufferers of brain or spinal cord tumours.
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A cheque for the amount raised was presented by Robyn to the chief executive of the fund, Mike Turner, on December 28 at the Devon and Cornwall Pub in Millbrook.
Britain's Got Talent finalist Michael Collings performed at the event along with local singer Jay Carter.
Robyn, a fundraiser for Greenpeace, said: "The Cavitron Fund is important because it saves people's lives and they have made Derriford Hospital the leading neurosurgery unit in the world.
"The event at the weekend was absolutely fantastic, it went down a storm – the pub was packed.
"My friends and family have been supportive in helping me through my recovery and fundraising. I now appreciate all the small things in life a lot more. I don't take anything for granted anymore – everything is amazing."
Robyn was diagnosed with a brain tumour in February 2012 and underwent brain surgery two months later at Derriford Hospital after The Cavitron Fund contributed £68,000 towards the £130,000 lifesaving treatment. Before this treatment, Robyn was told that she only had 18 months to live after doctors found the walnut-sized tumour in her brain.
Surgery to remove the rare neurocytoma, a non-cancerous tumour, lasted five hours and Robyn, one of the first patients in the UK to be operated on using a 3-D brain scanner, was given the all-clear in September 2012.
Mr Turner thanked the Cornish Guardian for its publicity of the fund's work and said: "We are absolutely delighted that Robyn has raised money towards the fund. The fact that Robyn is making tremendous progress is because of the development of the fund."
The money that Robyn raised will go towards the Humphrey Jackson Tabletop Phase three, which takes X-rays of the spine during spinal surgery.