Ian `Roni` Ronald has been a Royal Marine since 2001. However, Roni`s life was turned upside down by a diagnosis of a brain tumour in April 08. In May 2008 Roni had to have major surgery for 12 hours and left him in a very critical state. From the surgery Roni was left with major nerve damage which set him back to day one and he had to re-learn everyday activities we take for granted. As a result of the surgery, Roni`s left eye developed nystagmus and double vision, left side of face was left paralysed, no natural balance, he experiences constant pins and needles, hearing damage, co-ordination issues and mild weakness and ataxia left side of the body. Roni then underwent a cross facial nerve graft in an attempt to restore movement to the face in April 09. Another 8 hours on the table. Roni`s left eye has a gold weight in the upper eyelid in order to keep the eye closed to protect the cornea. Roni also has a Bone Anchored Hearing Aid to help, which is a titanium stud embedded in the skull. However, Roni always looking for challenges, so he embarked on a new challenge of adaptive rowing, This year saw Roni go for selection for the GB adaptive rowing, unfortunately just missed out, however this has made him more determined than ever to strive for his goal. During his intense training program Roni always manages to find time for various charity events and help other injured personnel. He is a true inspiration to all and a true friend. He deserves this honour as he is truly amazing.