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Double Olympic Swimmer dives into research at the University of Portsmouth

Double Olympic Swimmer dives into research at the University of Portsmouth

An Olympic swimmer whose sister was diagnosed with a brain tumour has met with scientists at the University of Portsmouth who are working to find a cure for the disease.

Katy Sexton MBE, who represented Great Britain in the Sydney and Athens Olympic Games, attended a tour of the university’s Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence with her sister, Kelly Lee, on Friday 14 December. Waterlooville resident Kelly, 40, was diagnosed with a brain tumour 10 years ago. She had surgery to remove the tumour on her pituitary gland, but still takes medication and requires regular MRI scans. They met with researchers who are focused on the study of the cellular and molecular mechanisms of brain tumour development, and the identification of new drug targets for devising new therapies.

After the tour, the sisters placed a tile on the university’s Wall of Hope, which represents the £2,740 it costs to fund a day of research and acknowledges Katy’s fundraising achievements. By organising a series of swimathons, Katy raised £2,780 for the Brain Tumour Research charity’s national Swim for Hope campaign, which ran throughout October 2018.

Katy, who received an MBE for her services to swimming, said: “Attending the lab tour with Kelly was a fascinating experience and it opened my eyes to the incredible research that is taking place in Portsmouth. The team were very welcoming, and they explained to me their dedicated research, which will no doubt instil a great deal of hope in brain tumour patients and their families. I was proud to place a tile on the Wall of Hope and, as I did, I reflected on both my sister’s illness and the success of the swimathons.”

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