David Cameron rewards teen for raising £100,000

Danielle McGriskin named a Point Of Light by the Prime Minister for fundraising while battling a brain tumour.

The 18-year-old from Lisburn, Northern Ireland was awarded by the Prime Minister on Friday (6 March) for raising £100,000 for charity while battling a brain tumour.
Danielle was diagnosed with a brain tumour and hydrocephalus (water on the brain) in July 2011. Since then she has been a “committed fundraiser” for The Brain Tumour Charity. She also founded The Danielle McGriskin Fund, which is the first supporter group to be set up in Northern Ireland with The Brain Tumour Charity and has inspired hundreds throughout Northern Ireland to volunteer on her behalf. David Cameron said: “To have raised £100,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity while undergoing gruelling treatment for her own tumour is incredibly impressive. “Danielle’s positivity and eagerness to help those in the same position as her is admirable. I am delighted to name her a Point of Light.” Danielle is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their “remarkable achievements”. Despite still suffering from the symptoms of her brain tumour and undergoing numerous operations and a course of radiotherapy since her diagnosis, Danielle has inspired thousands through her blog called “Danielle’s Journey”, where she writes about her experiences of living with her condition. Danielle has also sold hundreds of wristbands labelled with her motto “Stay Strong, Keep Positive... Always” and organised events, including a fashion show and concert with all profits goings to The Brain Tumour Charity. She said: “It is a great honour and privilege to have been nominated and to receive the Points of Light award from the Prime Minister. “After finding out about the devastation brain tumours cause, t inspired me to share my journey and set up my supporter group. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has followed my personal journey and for helping to raise vital funds for research into brain tumours.” Read more.   
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