Today we have two #fundraiserfriday stars, both of whom are running the Virgin Money London Marathon for Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG). Both have personal reasons for taking on this challenge and for wanting to raise as much money as possible for this great charity.
Chris McCarthy is running the London Marathon in celebration of his daughter Ava’s 2 year remission.
Ava was diagnosed with a stage 3 Wilms tumour, with complications, when she was two. These complications meant that a standard treatment plan might not be effective. CCLG members’ research, backing and knowledge was behind Ava’s treatment plan. In 2013, she completed her first year post-chemotherapy, cancer free. Ava’s parents, Chris and Kerry set up ‘Ava’s Pink Quest‘ to raise money for
several organisations, including CCLG, who have helped Ava in her journey as they wanted to give something back. Since starting their fundraising, Chris, Kerry and various friends and family members have completed a wide range of fundraising events, from skydives to runs, abseiling to fundraising parties. Ava’s fund at CCLG is used to support our work into renal tumour research.
“After 34 weeks on a combination of three different types of chemotherapy and two weeks of radiotherapy, on Ava’s 3rd birthday she received her final treatment. Ava is now 5 and has successfully passed the crucial 2 year window post-chemo, and we would like to say thank you to CCLG for assisting in putting a plan into place that saved our daughter’s life.” Chris and Kerry McCarthy.
You can support Chris and Kerry in saying thank you by donating to their Virgin Money Giving page.
Clare Lumsden is running for Toti who died suddenly and tragically from Leukaemia in July 2014. Since then, his family have been tirelessly raising funds for CCLG in Toti’s memory, to support research into childhood leukaemia. They have now raised nearly £140,000 which will fund CCLG’s first Toti Worboys Paediatric Leukaemia Project Grant, which will make funds available to researchers to improve their
understanding of the disease and help improve the outlook for children. Fundraising in Toti’s memory is showing no signs of slowing, with the current list including the Virgin Money London Marathon, the Boston UK Marathon, Bath Half Marathon, canoeing from Stratford to Bristol, cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End, a golf day, a clay shoot, school events, work events and Scott the plumber is even shaving off his beard! To support this amazing work, you can donate to Clare’s fundraising page.
How you can help
As well as donating to these fantastic fundraisers’ pages, you can make a donation directly to CCLG or, if you’re inspired to take on a fundraising challenge yourself, you can set up a page to fundraise for this great charity.