A WOMAN who is battling a brain tumour is calling on people to help find a cure for the disease.

Blogger Sarah Gaffney-Lang was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 29, she describes herself as “inconvenienced” by the disease and offers advice on how to “style up” aids such as walking frames and sticks which she has relied on since unsuccessful surgery.

Two years, on Sarah, a health service manager from Manchester, is set to undergo her 12th — and what she hopes will be her final — cycle of chemotherapy this month after being diagnosed with a grade two diffuse astrocytoma brain tumour.

Surgery aimed at removing 95 per cent of the tumour was unsuccessful and complications left her unable to walk. Physiotherapy and determination have helped to improve her mobility, but the tumour is now deemed inoperable as another operation would leave her permanently paralysed.

Now Sarah is backing a national fundraising campaign to help find a cure for the disease and is working with the national charity Brain Tumour Research to support Wear A Hat Day which takes place on Thursday, March 29.

She is supported by her husband Matt, commercial director at Altrincham-based FK Group, where colleagues have already raised £30,000 for the charity.

Wear A Hat Day has raised more than £1 million since it was launched by Brain Tumour Research nine years ago.

Sarah said: “My diagnosis means I have gained a real perspective on life — what matters and what really doesn’t! I know how much I am truly loved and have been able to tell others how I really feel.

"I am proud of my own strength during this process and feel proud of everything I have ‘got through’ so far — surgery, chemo, radiotherapy, learning to walk again. All while wearing my red lippy which always gives me a boost.”

Among celebrity supporters of this year’s campaign is the businesswoman, model, actress and mum Caprice Bourret who underwent surgery to remove a low-grade brain tumour which was diagnosed a year ago and continues to be monitored by her medical team.

Caprice said: “I have been so touched by Sarah’s story. It’s just amazing that brain tumours affect so many people. This devastating disease is indiscriminate and can affect anyone at any age.”

To become involved, or to donate, visit wearahatday.org, or text HAT to 70660 to donate £5* Twitter #HATTASTIC