2012 - Brooke Taylor
Lives: Lostock, Bolton
Story: Brooke has been receiving treatment at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital since she was a baby, after she was born with a rare pelvic tumour. In addition, she has a condition called congenital spondylolisthesis, which means her spine can slip out of place. Over the last 17 years, Brooke has received treatment and undergone numerous procedures, including surgery to her spine. In fact, she’s had more operations than birthdays!
She will be representing the year 2012 – a big year for Brooke as she was one of the patients selected to meet the Queen when Her Royal Highness officially opened the hospital in March.
The family have helped raise more than £35,000 for the RMCH Charity and in 2017 and 2018 recruited a marching band for the 10K known as Brooke’s Barmy Army.
Brooke has run many Mini and Junior Great Manchester Runs and 10Ks in her life, but this one will be extra special. Not only is she in Team 10, but this year will be her 10th Great Manchester Run event (her third 10K) and she will celebrate her 18th birthday on the same day.
Brooke’s thoughts on Team 10: "I felt very honoured to be asked to be part of Team 10. It’s now a tradition to participate each year. I’m really looking forward to it."