18 months ago we followed the story of Reddich teenager Brooke Evans and her battle with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Brooke not only told her story, but also went on to raise over £5,000 for Cure Leukaemia by racing her father's Porsche at Curbourough racetrack in Staffordshire in her 'Sprint for Life'.
Brooke is currently training to become a nurse at The University of Worcester and kindly gave us an update to see how she is getting on:
"I wanted to be a nurse because I've always loved to care for people and help them out when in need.
This desire was especially highlighted when I was diagnosed with leukaemia because I saw first-hand how the nurses helped and supported me.
Left - Brooke in 2014
I watched their routines day-in, day-out and it made me realise that this is what I want to do.
The job is very rewarding and I would love to think that I have helped someone, just like I have been supported and helped by my nurses.
I still have a long way to go with my training as I'm only at the beginning but I can't wait to see what lies ahead.
Currently, I am coming to the end of my maintenance treatment for leukaemia. I finish my last intravenous vincristine on December 22nd 2015, and then my last oral medication on January 18th 2016.
After this I will have a bone marrow test to make sure the leukaemia has gone and then, all being well, go for 3-monthly check ups to start with regular bone marrows.
Above - Brooke in 2015
My memories of my 'Sprint for Life' and the Great Birmingham Run are memories that will last forever.
By being involved in these events it made me have a purpose and made me feel like I was helping support other people with leukaemia and also through raising money help find a cure for all blood cancers.
I was overwhelmed with how much money both these events raised and it was a privilege to be apart of such a great charity.
I can't wait to become a nurse and continue to help others because without the nurses when I was in hospital I would not be here now."
Brooke celebrates her 20th birthday on Thursday 26th November and continues her training to become a nurse. The funds Brooke helped raise for Cure Leukaemia is worth £50,000 in potentially life-saving drugs for blood cancer patients so she really has made a difference.
If you have a fundraising idea and would like to talk it through with us, please email Jennie@CureLeukaemia.co.uk or call 0121 236 922.
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