FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN IN AID OF TODDLER WAITING FOR LIFE SAVING TREATMENT
A FUND-RAISING campaign in aid of a toddler undergoing life-saving treatment in America continues this month with a special family fun run.
Anna and Karl Alcock, from Tean, took three-year-old son Dylan to Jacksonville, Florida last month after doctors suggested treatment unavailable in the UK.
The three-year-old was diagnosed with a brain tumour in August after a visit to his GP.
A huge fund-raising effort to help Dylan and his parents has reached more than £10,000 and villagers have now organised a fun run to boost the total.
The event takes place at JCB Lake, Rocester on Saturday, October 22 (9.30am for a 10am start) and family friends Emma Allen and Liz Plant, who came up with the idea, are keen to get as many people as possible involved.
Liz, who lives in High Street, Tean, came up with the idea of a family fun run after completing a recent 10k event in aid of the Dylan fund.
Emma, of Doval Gardens, said: “The idea has just gathered momentum and more and more people have wanted to get involved.
“It’s a heart-breaking situation to be in as a family, but they’re dealing with it so well.
“I think everyone just wants to help as much as they can – who wouldn’t?
“Despite the fact he is going through such treatment, Dylan is still being the funny cheeky little boy we all know and love – and that’s great to hear.”
The pair have set up a JustGiving page, with a £500 target, as well as providing sponsorship forms for the run.
Emma added: “There are lots of people taking part in the fun run and it doesn’t matter whether they run the distance, walk or cycle.
“We’ve received a magnificent response from businesses in the village who are sponsoring us and we just want to raise as much as we can for the family.”
Anyone keen to take part in the event can pick up sponsorship forms from Emma on 07534 328639 or at the Mark Plant Haulage Yard, St Thomas’s Road, Upper Tean.
Anyone keen to sponsor runners or make donations is asked to visit the JustGiving page for Emma Allen.
Dylan spent his third birthday in America while undergoing treatment and the money raised so far has helped to pay for the family’s flights and accommodation while Dylan is receiving care.
Dylan’s sisters, Amelia and Olivia, together with Anna’s mother Anne and Karl’s sister Louise flew out to be reunited with their brother and parents last week.
Anna said: “It is lovely to have everybody here together.
“The girls are enjoying the craft workshops at the Proton Centre, where Dylan is receiving care.
“Dylan now pushes his own bed down to the treatment room.”
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