Cheers for cancer survivors

Evie-May, left, and Martha. Picture OX69337 Simon Williams

Evie-May, left, and Martha. Picture OX69337 Simon Williams Buy this photo

First published in News

THREE-year-old cancer survivors led a lap of honour to kick off Oxfordshire’s first 24-hour relay in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Evie-Mae Crawford and Martha Hanlon both battled the disease and now their families are raising money and awareness to help others.

They were among about 100 other fundraisers at Oxford Rugby Club, North Hinksey, on Saturday.

At midday they joined five other cancer survivors in a 60-metre lap of honour, cheered on by family and friends. Then teams of between eight and 15 people took turns to run or walk round the club ground throughout the afternoon and into the night.

A Candle of Hope ceremony was also held at the club on Saturday evening in memory of lost cancer patients.

Martha underwent chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in April 2013 after falling ill on a family trip to Dorset.

Martha’s mother Eve Hanlon, 32, of Bowness Avenue, Headington, said she was proud her “inspirational” daughter was able to take part in the event. She said: “It was a real privilege to be asked. Martha was really excited and did lots of training in our garden.

“We wanted to help raise the profile as a way of saying thank-you to the charity for carrying out the research conducted before Martha was diagnosed.”

Evie-May was born with two holes in her heart and Down’s Syndrome and had chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukaemia. She has now been given the all-clear but is still being monitored.

Martha is still undergoing treatment but is on the road to recovery.

Dad Stuart Crawford, 36, of Fane Drive, Berinsfield, said: “We wanted to show people that they can fight through it and if they catch it early enough they can win – and to show her off and show how proud we are of her.”

Funds raised will support Cancer Research UK’s work at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

Event chairman Mike Hughes said they had raised £5,000 so far and said: “The idea behind the 24-hour relay was that cancer never sleeps, so for one day neither will we.

And it was amazing to have two such special, brave girls helping us.”

  • Call Rachel Brockie on 07733 225563 if you would like to help organise next year’s event.

Top News

Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.

Our top stories

Update: Pensioner killed in crash with Ford Focus on A4183 near Abingdon

Oxford Mail:

5:32pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

A PENSIONER died last night after a crash in Abingdon.

Oxford-born author PD James dies aged 94

Oxford Mail:

1:46pm Thursday 27th November 2014

PD James, the acclaimed author famous for her series of detective novels, has died aged 94.

Care home residents are going animal crackers

Oxford Mail:

5:40pm Thursday 27th November 2014

CARE home residents could hardly believe their eyes when their home was invaded by farmyard animals.

Emerald Isle’s Riverdance rolls in for twentieth anniversary gig

Oxford Mail:

5:40pm Thursday 27th November 2014

IRELAND’S famous Riverdance show is in Oxford to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Police performance rated good on new website

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

5:30pm Thursday 27th November 2014

THAMES Valley Police has been rated “good” for effectiveness and efficiency on a new website the public can inspect.

Baby was ‘at home with dad when he stopped breathing’

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Thursday 27th November 2014

AN 11-week-old baby whose death police are treating as suspicious has been named as Jayden Saxton.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree