Little Maisie to join thousands for event

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A brave little girl from Eastbourne who has leukaemia will be joining thousands of people this Sunday to raise charity cash in the Race for Life event.

Maisie Smith is determined to take part in the event despite undergoing treatment this week which means she has been suffering the side-effects of steroids.

The seven-year-old, who is due to finish her two-and-a-half year treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia on July 14, will be joining thousands of joggers and walkers on Sunday (June 23) as they take part in the women only fundraising event which is in aid of Cancer Research UK. Many will be taking part in memory of loved ones who have lost their battle against cancer.

Maisie’s mum Sarah Smith, who lives with husband Dominic and their daughter in St Philip’s Avenue, said the family found Maisie to be an inspiration.

She added, “I think she’s quite a mature girl for her age and she wants to do something for other children.

“I’d like to get across how many brave children that are out there, having met many in this community that I would not have otherwise done, they are all inspirational.”

Around 2,200 people have entered the Race for life 5k event and Maisie, who was diagnosed with leukeamia in May 2011, is hoping to take part in the fundraiser with a friend who has the same disease as her.

Maisie, who will be wheeled in a buggy if she is unable to walk, has so far raised around £600.

The plucky schoolgirl has already helped raised charity funds with a walk along the seafront with her friend Skye Murray from Pevensey. The pair met each other when they were receiving treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital. Skye has finished her intensive treatment and has been given the all clear.

Anyone who wishes to sponsor Maisie for the Race for Life event can do so at: //www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/Maisiesmithage7

The fundraiser will start at 11am at the Sports Park at Cross Levels Way. There is more information about the event on the side panel on the right. And we want to hear your stories and receive your pictures from the day itself.