This Wednesday we held our Unstoppable Sports Awards, where we celebrate some of our most successful sports fundraisers. It was an emotional night and we heard some incredibly inspirational stories. One example is Max Hill, who raised £2,225 at the Robin Hood Mini Marathon last September despite undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). His story is a very inspirational one, and he didn’t leave a dry eye in the room when collecting his award at the ceremony.
Max’s story begins in October 2010 when was diagnosed with ALL. Since that time Max has undergone intensive chemotherapy and is now in the maintenance phase of his treatment which will hopefully end in February 2014.
During his treatment Max suffered some severe side effects from the chemotherapy. He lost over a stone in weight from sickness, he lost muscle which meant daily physiotherapy, and his bones were left weak and painful which at times made standing for even a few seconds very difficult.
In early March 2011 Max was allowed home, and by his 9th birthday in April he was starting to eat food and was gaining weight. With the excellent support from hospital staff, family and friends, Max has continued to gain strength, determination and confidence.
In 2012 Max decided to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research by running the Robin Hood Mini Marathon. Max said of his challenge “I want to raise lots of money for charity to help prevent the pain and suffering that leukaemia and lymphoma causes and to help other people like me to get better quicker!”
Max was nominated for his determination and courage in tackling the mini marathon despite the pain he often has to endure.
Truly Unstoppable I’m sure you’ll all agree.
Read more about the Unstoppable Sports Awards.