A GYM owner in Maghull spent 24 hours on a treadmill to raise money and awareness for a local student who has a brain tumour.
Alex Ivanoff, who owns Anytime Fitness in Maghull, did the challenge to raise money and awareness for 21-year-old Owen Copland, who was diagnosed with an aggressive type of brain tumour called Glioblastoma.
Owen, also from Maghull, was in his third year at John Moores University in Liverpool when he was given the devastating diagnosis and told he had only had days to live.
Owen was left bed-bound and began to lose mobility throughout his body.
But his sheer determination and positive outlook has meant that Owen, with the help of Alex, has been able to get out of bed and get his muscles functioning, and even make visits to the gym!
Alex and his team have been working with Owen to set him challenges and have been able to get him out on day trips.
After seeing the progress Owen has made, both physically and mentally, doctors have now offered chemotherapy to Owen.
Owen and his family also aim to travel to Germany for potentially life-saving treatment.
The purpose of the fundraiser on Monday, October 11, which was called a ‘24 hour Speed March’, was to raise money and awareness for Owen and his family during the recovery and for any medical care unavailable to him on the NHS.
They are also hoping to bring more awareness for Glioblastoma research. The family needs to raise £100,000 to pay for Owen’s treatments.
Alex said: “Owen continues to work hard and amazes us all each and every day. His hard work is allowing him to become more and more independent and enjoy the things in life once again that we all take so much for granted.”
Glioblastoma can occur at any age, but tends to occur more often in older adults. It can cause worsening headaches, nausea, vomiting and seizures.
To donate visit https://www.gofundme.com/ and search ‘Help Owen fight Glioblastoma - Fundraiser’.