Abbie, Georgie, Mell and Jess took part in this year’s Great Manchester Run with a target to raise over £2,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
The four girls, all aged 15, ran the 10km on 15 May to show their support to their friend Ellie Harding who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in January this year. Ellie is now undergoing chemotherapy at Manchester Children’s Hospital. Ellie’s diagnosis came as a devastating shock to her school friends and, despite not being keen runners, the four girls are determined to support Ellie by raising money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
ALL is the most common form of cancer in children and is also common in young adults aged 15-25. Around 370 children and 400 adults are diagnosed with ALL in the UK every year.
Georgie, 15, says “The challenge is way out of our comfort zone but nothing compared to what Ellie is going through; it is a great way to support the charity and our friend."
Together the friends have already reached their target of £2,000, with donations coming in from as far as Australia. They are now aiming to raise as much money as possible towards lifesaving research into better treatments and cures for leukaemia and all other blood cancers.
The friends all say "When Ellie was diagnosed with leukaemia it shocked everyone, but with the help of family, friends and everyone at Ward 84 at Manchester Children's Hospital she soon came to terms with it, and has begun the fight of her life."
Georgie’s mum, Alison Cannon, is very proud of the girls: “This is an issue they’ve never really faced before but they’ve responded fantastically to it. I would just ask that people visit their page even if just to leave messages of support for them, and any donations would be fantastic.”
You can sponsor Georgie, Jess, Abbie and Mell by visiting their JustGiving page.