Brave young cancer survivors inspire thousands of women
THOUSANDS of women were spurred on in the Race for Life by the bravery of two children.
Lucas Thorpe and Georgia Kelly have both battled cancer and were the guests of honour at this weekend’s event in Leigh.
Three-year-old Lucas, from Atherton, and seven-year-old Georgia, from Daisy Hill, have both undergone gruelling treatment for the disease.
Cancer Research UK Race for Life Leigh event manager, Jen Ward, said: “Thanks so much to the amazing women of Leigh for such a brilliant show of support at Race for Life.
“We had incredible luck with the gorgeous sunny weather.
“Please now think about returning your sponsorship money as soon as possible to help us beat cancer.”
Lucas was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when he was aged just 11 months old when doctors found a tumour on his bladder.
As well as chemotherapy, the youngster had to have specialist radiotherapy called ‘proton beam therapy’ in America.
But he became so ill with pneumonia and septicaemia just two days after arriving in Jacksonville and his parents were told he might not survive.
The septicaemia caused Lucas to lose half of his right foot and the tips of his toes, as well as the tips of his fingers.
His proud mum, Jodie, said: “I’m so grateful for the research that helped Lucas and I wanted to help others by supporting Cancer Research UK’s work and taking part in Race for Life.”
St James’ Primary School pupil Georgia took part in the Cancer Slam dance on stage on Sunday.
She was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and had to have part of her skull removed.
Georgia also had a tumour in her abdomen and had to endure more surgery and gruelling chemotherapy and radiotherapy to rid her of neuroblastoma.
She is now recovering well and is loving school and leading a normal life.
Her mum, Karen, said: “The Cancer Slam epitomises what Race for Life is all about — fun, friendship and women standing together to unite in the fight against cancer.”
Bolton’s Race for Life will be held in Leverhulme Park on July 6.
To enter visit raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.
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