Cheerful Chad mounts charity mission

Picture of teenager who has brain tumour preparing for sponsored bike ride

Ready for the off - Chad Nelson - Credit: Submitted

Inspirational Torquay teenager Chad Nelson is putting a devastating illness behind him to raise  money for charity. 

Chad, 17, went for a routine eye test last August and was immediately sent to Torbay Hospital where an emergency scan revealed he had a mass in his brain which turned out to be a tumour 

The tumour is non-cancerous but inoperable and has impacted on Chad’s life including ending his aspirations to join the Royal Fleet Auxiliary  

But in true cheerful and determined Chad style he is battling on and is now raising money for the Brain Tumour Charity 

Pic of teenager battling brain tumour

'Cheerful Chad' - Credit: Submitted

Mum and dad Lucy and Malcolm said: “We are absolutely blown away and humbled by the amount of support Chad has received in his efforts to raise money for the charity." 

Chad delivers the Torbay Weekly. 

His parents said: “Chad has made such an impact on people in whatever he has done (even people he delivers papers to have donated) he has always being enthusiastic and is so personable, everyone remembers him. 

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“In true Chad style he has remained cheerful and positive throughout his diagnosis and ongoing treatment, even when very ill in hospital he was able to share a joke with the staff." 

Chad says on his just giving page: “I am at the moment quite stable. I now have to wait to see if the tumour changes - my next scan is in April.  

Picture of teenager showing scars after brain tumour surgery

Battle scars for brave Chad - Credit: Submitted

"During this time, I have had loads of support from my family and friends but also from The Teenage and Young Adults Cancer support team at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. I have also been supported by The Brain Tumour Charity and have joined their young person’s support group. I hope to become a young ambassador for the charity, helping to raise awareness of this devastating disease.” 

Chad’s first challenge, planned for Easter but depending on the pandemic restrictions, will be a 26-mile bike ride along the River Exe from Exmouth to Dawlish with his friend Issac.  

Chad has so far had donations from staff from his Primary and Secondary schools, Barton Cricket Club, Paignton Sailing Club, Torbay Sea Cadets, Riviera Racers Running club, South Devon College, Salcombe Yacht Club, NHS Young volunteers, neighbours and family and friends. 

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