In 2006, Ashley Giles had to rush back from the Ashes in Australia, where he had been part of the England team, to be with his wife, Stine, who had been diagnosed with a brain tumour.
After successful removal of the tumour and further treatment they were both devastated when in 2012 they learned that two more tumours had been discovered which required subsequent immediate attention.
The treatment Stine received was so new that she was one of the first people in the UK to go through it – Stine was treated on the new TomoTherapy machine bought by UHB Charity just weeks before. Without it there were few options of treatment left. Experiencing first-hand how important research and new treatments were, Stine promised herself that if everything went well and her prognosis was good that she would endeavour to raise funds to help fund brain tumour research in the future.
Thankfully Stine’s pioneering treatment worked well and, although she continues to have regular checks and scans, she is back enjoying life with her family and, of course, now fulfilling the promise she made to support research into brain tumours.