John's story

John Lake is an inspirational fundraiser and volunteer for Brain Research UK. In his time raising money for the charity, John has completed a Virgin Money London Marathon and an Ironman challenge.

At the London 2012 Olympics, John was invited to take to the streets of Southwark, London and be part of the Olympic torch relay to start the games.

John Lake - Olympic torch

Reflecting on his experience of having successful brain tumour surgery, his charitable fundraising and the Olympic torch experience, John explains how much of a privilege it is for the recognition he received.

“Walking with the Olympic torch was a great way to mark ten years since my glioma operation. I became associated with Brain Research UK after leaving hospital, where I had been sectioned following post-tumour depression. I took part in the London Marathon and Ironman Triathlon, raising £20,000 to help accelerate the progress of brain research. It was a key part of my recovery.

Carrying the torch was incredible… very special. I was in a crew with a guy who was running on behalf of his brother who had passed away from a brain tumour, so I felt very lucky. There were lots of spectators, and I've bought my torch - it will go on my living room wall."

Brain Research UK funds research into brain tumours to help people like John. If you would like to find out more information about the work we do, please click here.