A brave teenager who survived a brain tumour has organised a five-a-side football tournament this weekend to raise money for a brain tumour charity.
Rhudi Baume (15) from Strathblane is holding the event at the Allander Leisure Centre in Bearsden this Sunday (December 18) from 2pm to 5pm.
Rhudi, a High School of Glasgow pupil, started getting headaches when he was 13 years old.
After nine months, the headaches had become unbearable, especially in the morning. He was also vomiting, had nose bleeds, neck pain and poor balance, yet despite multiple trips to medical professionals he still hadn’t been diagnosed.
In desperation his dad took him to A&E at the Southern General Hospital where he had a CT scan and an hour later he was diagnosed with a large tumour on his cerebellum, which is at the back of the skull and co-ordinates and regulates muscular activity.
He underwent a risky 14 hour operation to remove the tumour and then had a long road to recovery.
Rhudi, who has been left with partial hearing, double vision and balance problems, which he believes were not helped by his late diagnosis, is now keen to raise awareness of the condition.
He said: “I know first-hand how critical early and accurate diagnosis of tumours is.
“Brain tumours are the leading cause of childhood cancer deaths in the UK.
“Around 500 children and young people in the UK are diagnosed each year.
“I was one of the lucky ones, with a Grade 1 tumour, and I want to make a difference because I can.”
Rhudi aims to raise £1,000 for the Brain Tumour Charity please visit his justgiving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Rhudi5aside to donate or the brain tumour charity for information on the signs and symptoms of brain tumours or visit www.headsmart.org.uk