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

Mum says Oxford Health let down son who escaped mental hospital

Oxford Mail: Ian McLean

9:00am Friday 30th January 2015

THE family of man who escaped a mental hospital, fled abroad then hanged himself in a prison cell have said he was let down by Oxford Health.

UPDATE: Further warning of ice and snow for end of weekend in Oxfordshire

Oxford Mail: Ice warning for Sussex after more snow falls

12:06pm Thursday 29th January 2015

SNOW has been forecast for Oxfordshire on Sunday and Monday and a yellow weather warning is still in place for today.

Two arrested after police raid house in Barton

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

10:34am Friday 30th January 2015

TWO people were arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and possession of class A drugs following a police raid.

UPDATE: Car gone off road on A420 near Botley interchange

Oxford Mail:

9:10am Friday 30th January 2015

Traffic has returned to normal after an earlier accident on the A420.

Electricity substation for sale, asking price might shock you

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 30th January 2015

WHOEVER snaps up this former Second World War sub-station is set for a blast of a time.

Operation Bullfinch child trafficking suspect rebailed

Oxford Mail: Scales of Justice

8:00am Friday 30th January 2015

A man arrested as part of Operation Bullfinch on suspicion of child sexual exploitation in Oxford has been rebailed.

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