Thursday 11th April 2019
41 year old James Walker from West Sussex is running the Brighton Marathon with Team Legend to help us provide expert treatment and support to more young people with cancer.
James' inspiration for taking on the Brighton Marathon? His cousin and godson, Fraser.
When Fraser was 17, he was diagnosed with leukaemia. Fraser was treated on our specialist Teenage Cancer Trust unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital, and now James (pictured alongside his friend, Dave) is running so more young people with cancer can benefit from the specialist support they need.
When Fraser was diagnosed with leukaemia, it was devastating news. You just don’t think it can happen to somebody who’s 17.
"It’s a tough journey to go on but the care he received was fantastic and we can’t thank Teenage Cancer Trust enough that these units exist for young people," said James. "Dave Owen, a friend of mine, has recently taken up a role as a Teenage Cancer Trust Advanced Nurse Practitioner and this is another motivation to help raise money for the funding of such a role."
I’ve seen first-hand what Teenage Cancer Trust does and how they supported my godson. I promised myself I would never do another marathon, but I just needed to put on those running shoes one last time for a marathon with Fraser and Dave as motivation. The training has been gruelling, but it’ll be worth it!
"We're so grateful to James and wish him the best of luck," said Helen Farquharson, Teenage Cancer Trust Regional Fundraising Manager for the South East. "Every pound raised is vital in allowing us to protect and grow our specialist service to ensure young people get access to the very best treatment, care and support possible and are treated as young people first, cancer patient second."