Angus was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in October 2010, and sadly passed away in May of the following year. Despite three courses of chemotherapy, his leukaemia did not go into remission.
A minority of children with leukaemia develop acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), which is much more difficult to treat than acute lymphoblastic leukaemia; the most common form of childhood leukaemia. At present, only one in six children with AML are cured.
Since then, Angus’ family have set up a Forget Me Not Fund and family and friends have fundraised tirelessly in support of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
The first event held in Angus’ memory, in 2011, was a Forget Me Not Walk. Over 500 people and dozens of dogs congregated in Staplefield on the 2nd October, raising almost £8,000.
Since then, friends and family have taken part in many activities to raise money for Angus’ fund. They have climbed Kilimanjaro, cycled in the London Bikeathon, cycled from Redhill to Paris, have run the Brighton Marathon and the Hastings Half Marathon, cut their hair and have walked for a second time in Angus’ memory; to name but a few.
One of the most recent fundraising events was a 24 hour Football Match, organised and attended by students at St Paul’s Catholic College, where Angus was a pupil. Staff and students at the College have raised in excess of £10,000 in Angus’ memory through various events over the past year and a half.
Since the fund was set up in 2011, over £75,000 has been raised in Angus’ name to help beat blood cancer. This is a truly unique achievement, and we would like to thank everyone involved for their amazing support.