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Hampshire mums take part in Bournemouth Running Festival in memory of Yasmin Peck
6:00am Sunday 6th October 2013 in News
SHE was the brave little girl who lost her battle against a tragic illness.
Seven-year-old Yasmin Peck, below, spent the last two years of her life trying to fight a brain tumour that eventually claimed her life in June this year.
Now her mum will be pulling on her running shoes and pounding the streets in her memory to raise money that might prevent others enduring the same pain.
Pelin Peck, pictured below, will today take part in the Bournemouth Running Festival to raise cash for the charity Brain Tumour Research.
And cheering her on around the course will be fellow mums of children at Winchester’s Stanmore Primary School.
Yasmin was diagnosed two years ago while the family were living in India where dad Martyn worked in pharmaceuticals.
They went to Australia where Yasmin underwent surgery, which removed 99 per cent of the tumour and her health improved alongside three months of radiotherapy.
But after moving to Winchester in February 2012 Yasmin’s condition returned.
Pelin, 42, of Edgar Road, Winchester, said: “About a year after the first operation Yasmin’s head was hurting again and I knew there was something wrong. A week later she got worse and was very sick and could not talk properly.
She went to Southampton General for another operation but they could not remove the whole tumour.”
Yasmin underwent four cycles of chemotherapy but by spring 2013 an MRI revealed the tumour had spread through her brain and was inoperable. She had palliative care at home but died on June 30.
Pelin said: “She was so brave and never complained despite having to go through all of this.
She was such a bright little girl.
She was so talkative and articulate and for her to lose that ability so quickly was so frustrating for her. She wanted to say things and just couldn’t.
“She loved to read and write poetry. She was always painting rainbows and she loved mosaics. She always loved travelling, too, and family holidays.”
She added: “Our friends at the school have been so helpful and understanding. One of my friends came up with the idea for a run. I have never run in my life but it seemed like a great idea to try and stop another child dying from something like this.”
If they reach their target of £2,740 it will be enough to sponsor a day’s research at BTR’s dedicated centre at the University of Portsmouth. It would also mean Yasmin being remembered at the university with a tile on its ‘Wall of Hope’ and a commemorative plaque. Visit justgiving.com/yasminpeck to donate.
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