A TEENAGER who refused to let a brain tumour stop him from studying for his GCSEs is reaching for the stars after walking away with top results last week.
Marcus Trinder, from Hook, hopes one day to be an astro physicist and he moved one step closer to his wish after gaining a coveted A* in his Physics exam after achieving 100%.
And it was a double celebration for astronomy enthusiast Marcus who also celebrated his 16th birthday on results day as well as achieving a further 2 As 4 Bs and 1C
The plucky Goole High School pupil battled through gruelling treatment for the inoperable tumour, which was discovered behind his eye during a sight test last summer.
He underwent five weeks of intensive radiotherapy in Sheffield before Christmas, during which he carried on with his studies with the help of home tuition, despite being offered the chance to defer for a year.
He has just come back from a trip to CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) - courtesy of the Make a Wish Foundation charity - in Geneva where research into the Big Bang theory is carried out.
Marcus said: “I cannot express how much this trip meant to me as I hope my future lies somewhere in searching for the fundamental answers to this weird yet wonderful place we live in.”
His proud mum Penny said: “Marcus worked so hard towards his GCSEs and the whole family is very, very, proud of him.
“He had a wonderful time in Geneva. It was just so nice to see him happy. It was his passion for physics that got him through his illness by giving him something to focus on.
“If someone asked Marcus what has been the most memorable moment in his life so far – he’d say going to CERN.”
Headteacher at Goole High School, Danuta Tomasz, described Marcus’ GCSE achievements as “a real success story”.
Specialists have reported that the tumour has shrunk and Penny says Marcus is feeling well. He has now enrolled at John Leggott Sixth Form college to study A Levels in Physics, Maths, Electronics and Computing.