Waterford woman opens up about being diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 10

Brain Tumour Ireland’s annual fundraising day #WearAHatDay takes place next Friday (October 26)

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Waterford woman Caroline Kane has opened up about being diagnosed with a brain tumour ahead of Brain Tumour Ireland’s annual fundraising day #WearAHatDay next Friday (October 26).

Tramore's Caroline was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour in 1984 when she was only 10 years of age. This tumour affected Caroline’s sight and pituitary gland. She has gone through many surgeries, and in 2002 Caroline was involved in setting up the Cork branch of the Irish Brain Tumour Support Group and is currently the chairperson. She is sharing her story to raise awareness of the supports available from the charity Brain Tumour Ireland to patients and their families.

To support #WearAHatDay, Brain Tumour Ireland is encouraging members of the public to share a photo of themselves in their favourite hat using the hashtag #WearAHatDay and text BTI to 50300 to donate €4.

Milliner Philip Treacy has designed a brooch in his signature style to raise much-needed funds for Brain Tumour Ireland to deliver patient support and information services, raising awareness and funding research.

The brooch goes on sale as part of the charity’s annual fundraising day #WearAHatDay. The brooches will be available to buy from Beaumont Hospital next Friday and can be purchased online from Brain Tumour Ireland’s website from Thursday, November 1.

Over 400 brain tumours are diagnosed in Ireland each year, a diagnosis that can be overwhelming for patients and their families. Every #WearAHatDay donation made will contribute to Brain Tumour Ireland’s work on behalf of patients and their families.

#WearAHatDay takes places as part of International Brain Tumour Awareness Week (October 20-27). More information is available here.