Personal trainer returns to work at David Lloyd Club MK after the club’s fundraising helped to pay for treatment in his recovery from meningioma
An MK personal trainer is celebrating his return to work after a long battle with brain cancer, writes Katy Lelliott.
Gavin McMahon, 38, was first diagnosed with a meningioma brain tumour in 2009. However, the location of the tumour meant that doctors could not remove it fully in surgery and, because of this, it began to regrow and spread to more areas of his brain.
Despite undergoing treatment including radiotherapy and surgery, Gavin was told in 2017 that his grade 1 meningioma was now an aggressive grade 3 cancer and he was forced to take a year off sick from his job at David Lloyd Club Milton Keynes.
After Gavin and his family found a drug called Gemcitabine that had a high success rate with brain tumours, his doctors agreed to try it. And at the end of his latest chemotherapy treatment, he was given the news he was waiting for – the chemo had worked and scans showed the tumour had shrunk.
Gavin was dealt another blow, though, when he was told that the treatment he required to decrease his risk of needing to use a wheelchair due to muscle atrophy was not funded by the NHS.
This is where David Lloyd Club MK stepped in to help Gavin, who has worked there since December 2016. The club, the staff and the members raised just over £5,000 to help Gavin fund this treatment.
Soon, it wasn’t just the MK branch fundraising, but David Lloyd Clubs across the region.
Gavin said: “David Lloyd Club and my colleagues have been nothing but supportive and their efforts to fundraise have meant so much to me.
“I couldn’t be more thankful for the efforts from across the company.”
Gavin has now returned to work at David Lloyd and hopes that by sharing his story, it will raise more awareness of brain cancer, which he describes as “a very underfunded disease in comparison to other cancers.”