Memoir of an inspiring 22 year old from Gloucester

A 22 year old Gloucester man who passed away from a brain tumour has inspired thousands by proving a life-limiting illness should not stop you living your life.

In 2012 Neil Vines was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a fast growing, malignant cancer that had taken the form of a plum sized tumour in his brain and by the time the tumour was discovered the cancer had already spread to Neil’s spinal cord.

During Neil's battle against cancer his vision and speech were affected, he lost the use of his arms, hands and his ability to walk. Neil channelled his love of sport by cycling 600 miles (the equivalent of John O'Groats to Lands End) on a static bike raising over £5,500 for Teenage Cancer Trust. 

Adventurers and sporting stars such as Ben Fogle and Sir Chris Hoy followed his story as well as celebrities like Philip Schofield and Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson. After nearly three years of fighting the disease, he passed away peacefully at home on 20th April with his devoted family beside him.

His brother Adam and sister Sarah spoke to Heart's reporter Charlotte Gay - to share Neil's story.


You can find out more about Neil's memoir - Power Beyond Measure - by visit the website his family set up

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