Ian Meek

Ian Meek

Brain Tumour Fighter, Olympic Torchbearer and all round inspiration who loved his family and committed himself to raising funds towards the research at the Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology. Ian's Fund with BTRS was called 'Let's Cure Brain Tumours' and the project he funded now bears his name, The Ian Meek PhD Studentship. 
Bristol-born Ian Meek was 42 when he died from the brain tumour in August 2012.

Ian was married to Sally-Anne and father to Keisha 20, Hannah 19 and Samuel 15 and lived for his family. He was an ordinary man, for years living a gentle, kind and thoughtful life.

In 2009 Ian was given the news that he had between one and five years to live. At that moment, he decided he was going to live those years to the full and he was going to make a difference. He went to a brain tumour support group meeting and decided that he was going to raise £10,000 for Andrea's Gift (now called Brain Tumour Research and Support across Yorkshire BTRS).

The first event in 2010 was to be the national three peaks - overnight there were 30 friends and family members signed up and "Meek's 3 Peaks" was born, by the time the event took place, 70 people were in the team. For 2011 Ian decided to get a team together to cycle from Bristol to Bradford - 200 miles in 24 hours.


The fundraising continued into 2012 and, inspired by his son Sam, Lands End to John O'Groats (LE2JOG) became the next challenge. Sam and Ian worked hard together to train for the event and even appeared together on BBC News to talk about their upcoming adventure, which they would undertake along with friends from previous Meeks events. 
However, prior to LE2JOG, Ian discovered the tumour had changed and he had to have his 5th surgery in December 2011, which caused a deterioration of his health. His team of determined friends took over the organisation of the LE2JOG and Ian continued to input hoping to be well enough to ride some of the course.

He had an amazing month in June 2012 - he managed to cycle 65 miles from Wetherby to Scarborough with his LE2JOG team, he went to the House of Commons with his daughter Keisha to lobby MPs about the lack of funding for brain tumour research, and he carried the Olympic Torch through York. He saw his fundraising break through the £100,000 barrier and he saw the interview process begin for The Ian Meek PhD Studentship at the University of Leeds.

In September the LE2JOG Team set off as Ian had planned, reaching the Leeds leg of their ride on the 30th Sept where they visited Ian in St Gemma’s Hospice, and he enjoyed listening to their stories of the ride so far. Wednesday 1st August was the day Ian had planned to ride into Leeds to mark Yorkshire Day, meet the Lord Mayor and press. The team did this on his behalf, before they learned that Ian had passed away around 11.30am.  

Ian Meek was an incredible man who wanted to raise some serious money for research, understanding that it wouldn't be in time to help him or his family, but may spare families in the future. Ian was able to do this thanks to the support of his loving family and great team of friends.

BTRS maintains the Ian Meek PhD Studentship which remains his legacy with the hope that this research develops treatments for patients with brain tumours across the world.

Final words - this is just how Ian Meek lived his life

"When diagnosed with cancer, don't think about the things you can't do, dream and do the things you can" 

Ian Meek 2011
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