A RUGBY fan from Shipston living with a brain tumour is championing the charity which has supported him.
Oliver Highway was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour more than seven years ago. He undergoes regular chemotherapy to stop the tumour from growing and will continue to do so for the rest of his life.
But the 46-year-old remains determined to enjoy life and help others in the similar situation.
He told the Observer: “I consider myself extremely lucky I am still here with my family. My motto is look forward, be positive and keep smiling.”
The dad-of-one is an ambassador for the Lewis Moody Foundation which organises days out for those suffering with brain tumours and their families, as well as funding research and treatment.
Oliver is helping promote the charity’s recent campaign ‘The Big Tackle’ which encourages rugby clubs across the country to organise fund-raising matches and help raise awareness of its work.
And thanks to his support, Oliver’s local rugby club in Shipston is among the latest to sign up to give brain tumours the red card.
He added: “I’m incredibly honoured to be part of the foundation charity to try and do the best I can for everybody who has been diagnosed with a brain tumour. It has been a big inspiration for me to be ambassador to support them. It’s superb what they do and great that Shipston are taking part and I look forward to other clubs joining as well.”
The Lewis Moody Foundation was founded by the retired rugby union star, a member of England’s 2003 world cup winning squad, and his wife Annie, after they were inspired by a young tumour patient and rugby fan Joss Rowley Stark.
Visit thelewismoodyfoundation.org/upcoming-events for more details.