Run or Dye is supporting the Kiss it Better appeal for Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity which raises funds for research into the causes and treatment of childhood cancer.
The appeal is raising money to help children like Noah. Noah was only six months old when he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an aggressive and rare form of cancer.
He had tumours in his tummy, leg, arm and it had spread to his bones. Noah was given a 30 per cent chance of survival. The team at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) decided to try a combination of intensive and highly experimental treatment which had never been given to a child as young as Noah.
After eight months at GOSH having huge doses of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, an intricate operation and stem-cell treatment, Noah’s cancer was thankfully removed.
“He is a gorgeous, happy and cheeky little boy. Looking at him you’d never know what he went through”
Noah's mum, Kerenza
There are many other children like Noah who are facing a very scary time. We need to better understand what causes cancer in children, and produce more effective treatments. Whilst cancer survival rates are immensely encouraging with 8 in 10 of all children still alive five years after diagnosis, for certain childhood cancers, survival rates remain extremely low and there are some cancers where there are no survivors.
We can make a difference to the futures of children facing cancer with your support. Use your place at Run or Dye 5k to support the Kiss it Better appeal, and help children like Noah. Have a great time, get covered in paint and know that you’re doing something amazing.
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