Dorset bride-to-be backs brain tumour charity's awareness campaign

22 Jun 2017

Lorna-Rose Samson from Wimborne, who lives with a brain tumour, is set to marry her childhood sweetheart

Diagnosed in 2005 with a pilocytic astrocytoma brain tumour, Lorna-Rose Samson from Wimborne experienced persistent headaches, balance and coordination problems and migraines which gave her blurred and double vision before the correct diagnosis. Now, she is set to marry her childhood sweetheart.

On July 22nd, Lorna-Rose, 27, will marry Danny Blacklidge, 29, her long term partner and dad to their two young boys Nate and Cody. The wedding date has personal significance to the couple, as is the tenth anniversary of their first date.

Lorna-Rose said: “The boys and Danny, they are my strength. They are everything. They don’t know any different but they know I have something in my head and that I do a lot for The Brain Tumour Charity. I haven’t shielded anything and I’m not going to: if they ask questions, they’ll get the answers."

Having taken part in The Brain Tumour Charity’s early diagnosis campaign, HeadSmart, last year, Lorna-Rose is more determined than ever to continue to raise awareness of brain tumour symptoms. The HeadSmart campaign includes symptoms cards that list the warning signs of a brain tumour in babies, children and teenagers, as well as a website.

Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40, so being aware of symptoms such as those experienced by Lorna-Rose is vital to improve early diagnosis times.

With two children herself, the HeadSmart campaign is now more poignant than ever for Lorna-Rose. “This campaign is one of the most important things to support, not only as a brain tumour patient myself, but as a parent too. The idea that my children or their friends could have symptoms overlooked to then suffer the consequences of late diagnosis, is a scary, yet preventable scenario.”

Sarah Lindsell, CEO of The Brain Tumour Charity, said: “We’re so pleased for Lorna-Rose, Danny and the boys. Her story, experience, and continued support of the work we do has been vital in helping raise awareness of this devastating disease and the woeful lack of funding for research into brain tumours.

“She has been instrumental in promoting our support services, helping us to ensure that no-one faces the uncertainty and shock of a similar diagnosis alone. We wish Lorna-Rose and her family our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes for their future.”

Find out more about brain tumours, their symptoms, the research The Brain Tumour Charity funds, and how it can help, visit

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