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Eleanore Regan, Woman With Brain Tumor, Gave Birth Last Week, Carried Olympic Torch

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Eleanore Regan, a 28-year-old charity worker, gave birth last week, but she still managed to carry the Olympic torch in Bath for a solid 300 meters (about .2 miles) on Monday.

The new mom is one of 8,000 people who will carry the torch in the 8,000-mile relay that started in Land's End, Cornwall on May 19th and will finish at London's Olympic Stadium on the 27th. The Daily Mail reports that torchbearers range in age from young children to the elderly, including a 91-year-old woman.

Part of the reason why Regan wanted to participate in the relay is that she has a renewed lust for life after being diagnosed with a brain tumor last year. She says that her illness inspires her to seize new opportunities. While still pregnant, Regan told the BBC that, "I do enjoy saying 'yes' to things, it's way more fun. That's why I'm probably doing this torch bearing very, very fat or with a baby."

And now that she has given birth, the experience was that much more memorable. "I am really glad my family will be there to watch, including my new addition," she said before the event.

Regan's day job is almost as remarkable as her new accomplishment. In 2006, Regan founded Challenge Africa -- an organization that helps to improve lives of women and children . According to the BBC, she "also supports social service teams and ex-offenders in the UK, and has helped to establish a community cafe in Bristol." Her nomination to carry the torch by a group of friends The London Organising Committee's decision to select recognized Regan's exceptional efforts in the world of charity.

"I feel proud to be able to carry the flame amongst such inspirational people and in such a beautiful city," Regan told the BBC.

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