A University of Plymouth student has helped to raise over £2,000 for a charity which funds research into the disease which killed his father.
When Michael Legg, 23, started his BSc (Hons) Computer Science in 2015, he set out to raise £2,740 for the Brain Tumour Research charity. The charity supports sustainable research at dedicated UK Centres of Excellence – one of which is based at the University of Plymouth.
Two weeks after his last day of study, and six years on from his dad’s death, Michael’s fundraising efforts were acknowledged at Plymouth’s Centre of Excellence. Along with his mum, Juliet, and brother, Jamie, Michael was invited to place a tile on the Wall of Hope with each tile representing the £2,740 it costs to fund a day of research.
Nigel Legg, from Sonning Common in Oxfordshire, began to experience balance issues and severe neck pain in early March 2012. By the end of the month, his legs were giving way, he was disorientated and he struggled to keep food or water down. GPs prescribed pain killers and anti-sickness medication until Nigel was eventually referred for an MRI scan in April which revealed a grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most aggressive type of brain cancer.
Nigel, a software engineer for Three in Maidenhead, immediately underwent surgery to remove part of the tumour but sadly it grew rapidly over the weeks that followed, taking over almost half of his brain. On 10 June, one day before he was due to start chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Nigel died, leaving his sons, Michael and Jamie, and wife, Juliet.