Joe Smale was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2000 at the age of 2.
“The first time I had leukaemia I was only two years old. After five years of treatment I thought I’d beaten it but it came back again when I was 9. After another two years of treatment, I was back to leading a normal life before we discovered it had come back again on New Year’s Eve in 2010.
This time I had to have loads more chemotherapy, really horrible radiotherapy and a bone marrow transplant from an anonymous donor. I was in insolation in hospital whilst the new cells grew, and then followed a long, slow recovery (at home and in hospital). I was off school for nearly a year!
My family has so far has raised about £30,000 to help fund more research into finding a cure for blood cancers, especially in children but I want to raise even more! Every year we do the London Bikeathon in London to raise money and I love doing it as it is really inspiring. One day I even want to walk the North Pole. I wont give up until we’ve beaten blood cancers in children for good (currently 90% success rate) because I don’t want any other kids to go through what I've been through.”
Joe is now 15 and has made a full recovery from his acute lymphoblastic lymphoma. In the summer of 2012 he carried the Olympic Torch for part of its journey to the Olympic Stadium. He has also sailed alongside Dame Ellen MacArthur in a charity sailing regatta around the Isle of Wight.
To make a donation and find out more about Joe, visit his JustGiving page.
To watch a video of Joe carrying the torch click here.