A Dunfermline detective took on the London marathon to raise money for a brain tumour research, after losing her husband to the disease.
Kerry Brown, 33, completed her first marathon in memory of husband Andy who died last July.
Devastated by her loss, Kerry has vowed to help fund the fight against the disease which kills more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer.
Andy, an operations support manager at JP Morgan Chase in Edinburgh, was diagnosed in early January 2018 with an aggressive glioblastoma multiforme brain tumour and underwent six major operations as well as radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Despite all the treatment, Andy survived just six months.
He died aged 33, leaving Kerry and their four children Eve, Connor, Liam and Lewis.
Kerry, a detective constable with Police Scotland, has raised more than £7,000 for Brain Tumour Research by running the marathon in 4:30:35.
“Completing my first marathon was one of the toughest challenges I have ever faced but I was determined to cross the finish line in memory of my inspiring brave husband.
“The atmosphere on the day was incredible and that spurred me on along the way.
“I had the most amazing support from family and friends and I’m thankful that they helped me more than meet my target of £3,000 to help fund vital research into brain tumours.”
Her husband’s diagnosis came as an awful shock, she said.
“He fought this hideous disease with nothing but determination and courage and never once complained or asked ‘why me?’
“Even when he was seriously ill in hospital back in February 2018, he persuaded the consultant to give him a day pass out and surprised me at the birth of our son Lewis.”
She said Brain Tumour Research is a cause close to her heart and she hoped as well as fundraising, she can help raise awareness of this “dreadful disease”.
Brain Tumour Research funds sustainable research across the UK and campaigns for the government and the larger cancer charities to invest more in research into brain tumours in order to speed up new treatments and ultimately to find a cure.
It is calling for £35 million to be spent annually in order to improve survival rates and patient outcomes in line with other cancers such as breast cancer and leukaemia.
Thanking Kerry for her support, community fundraising manager in Scotland, Joe Woollcott, added: “Andy’s story reminds us that brain tumours are indiscriminate and they can affect anyone at any age.
“We cannot allow this desperate situation to continue.”
To sponsor Kerry visit her justgiving page.