A Willingdon fitness instructor is pulling out all the stops to raise funds for a children’s cancer charity.
For more than a year Olivia (Livvy), a six-year-old from Eastbourne, has been battling a rare children’s cancer. After chemotherapy, radiotherapy and major surgery, she is now almost at the end of her treatment and is thankfully on the mend.
Her aunt, Kelly Macy, 33, a fitness instructor, is organising a ‘Zumbathon’ in Herstmonceux village hall from 7-9pm on Friday, September 26. She aims to raise money for Children with Cancer UK, in recognition of Livvy’s brave fight, her treatment and eventual recovery.
To top up the donation, Kelly and her husband have arranged to run the London Marathon next year.
Kelly said, “I’d like to invite everyone to take part in the Zumbathon. Livvy has had a difficult journey but now there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
“ Her family are so thankful for all the support they have received so far and we all hope that any money we raise might ensure other children also recover from their illness.”
Kelly explained that the Zumbathon gives people the chance to dance for as little or as long a time as they would like. She explains that you don’t have to be superfit and the idea is to have lots of fun as well as help raise money in behalf of this courageous little girl.
September is Childhood with Cancer Awareness Month and Children with Cancer is raising awareness of the disease, the impact of a diagnosis and how they work to help patients.
A charity spokesman said around 2,400 children and teenagers are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK – about six a day.
Thanks to investment in research survival has increased dramatically over the past 50 years and more than three quarters of young cancer patients can be successfully treated.