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Posted On: 25th Apr 2013

Advert for Brain Tumours

Noel and his mum, Margaret, with balloons
The film set
Noel and his mum

A 24-year-old Fixer, whose mother was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumour, has completed filming for his advertisement, which informs young people about the symptoms.


Noel Moss is creating the advertisement with the help of his mum, Margaret, who had to have a large brain tumour removed three years ago.


The advertisement features a range of balloons, all being held by Noel and Margaret who speak about their experiences. The dark balloons signify brain tumours, and the light balloons signal a return to health after treatment for the abnormal growths.


Talking about the film, Noel says: 'It's trying to help raise awareness of brain tumours, and to teach young people about this type of illness.


'The balloons are a simple way to show that while brain tumours may bring darkness to life, there is light at the end of the tunnel.'


Three years ago, Noel was travelling to his home in Cheltenham from the funeral of a friend when he was told his mum would only have two weeks to live if her large brain tumour was not operated on immediately.


‘It just went straight through my mind, I’ve just buried a good friend of mine, and now I am going to do the same to my mum. It was so sudden and unexpected, and I didn't know what to do,’ he says.


Fortunately the operation was a success, and now Margaret has made a full recovery. But Noel knows it could have been a different story.


‘When I first saw my mum after the operation, I felt relief, as if I’d got my mum back again,’ he says.


‘The experience really shocked me, because she had no symptoms that I could see. Luckily my brother knew something was wrong, and that was when she was scanned.


‘He knew what to look out for, but many other people do not. Working with Fixers has been a great way to help people spot signs of brain tumours. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished advert.'


Noel's advertisment is expected to be complete in May.


Author: Ashley Scrace


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