Earlier this year, member of the Energise team, Neve, underwent major brain surgery to correct a Chiari Malformation. Since then she has had real difficulty in walking and moving they way she could before.
Amazingly, Neve has decided to sign up to the Great North Run this September to help motivate her towards regaining her full strength. Even better is she’s doing it in support of Brain Research UK, to help raise awareness and fund research to help others who would be in a similar situation to herself.
A Chiari malformation is a problem in which a part of the brain (the cerebellum) at the back of the skull bulges through a normal opening in the skull where it joins the spinal canal. This puts pressure on parts of the brain and spinal cord, and can cause mild to severe symptoms. In most cases, the problem is present at birth (congenital).
There are several types of Chiari malformations, but type I is the most common. In type I, the cerebellum bulges through the normal opening at the base of the skull. This type is most often congenital. It is also called primary Chiari malformation type I. But it is often not found until a person is a teen or young adult.
Speaking on her Just Giving page Neve said:
“As many people know, on the 30th January 2023, I underwent major brain surgery to correct the Chiari Malformation condition that I had. Unfortunately, I am nearly 5 months on and still on a mission to return to normal because this has left me unable to walk and do things normally. To motivate me to working towards regaining my full strength, I decided to participate in the Great North Run “
Brain Research UK
They are the UK’s leading dedicated funder of neurological research. Their work funds the best science to achieve the greatest impact for people affected by neurological conditions, to help them live better and longer.
“As I was unaware of the consequences of my operation, I want to raise funds for the Brain research charity to help people like myself fully grasp the implications of brain surgeries and to fund research into neurological conditions / diseases so that people can live better and longer.”
The Great North Run
The Great North Run is an annual event held in the North East every September. Runners follow a route between Newcastle and South Shields over a half marathon distance (21km / 13 miles).
You can contribute to Neve’s fundraiser by clicking the link below! Good luck from everyone at Energise Energy Solutions!