Brave toddler meets legend

A BRAVE Ellington toddler will team up with cricket legend Sir Ian Botham to raise funds for cancer research.

Three-year-old Nathan Shorey was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in May 2010 and underwent months of intense treatment at the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle.

His chemotherapy course continues and will last a total of three years, ten weeks, ending on July 29, 2013.

The Herald previously reported how Nathan had been presented with a Little Star Award from Cancer Research UK for his courage in fighting the illness.

And now he has been invited to meet Sir Ian at Gibside Estate when Beefy’s Great British Walk 2012 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research reaches the region tomorrow (Friday).

Nathan’s Mum Melanie, who will be joining the walk, said: “Now we’re past half way in Nathan’s treatment I can see light at the end of the tunnel. It’s important to get involved in Beefy’s Walk to raise awareness and as much money as possible to help beat blood cancers.

“This charity means so much to me — if it wasn’t for the funding it puts into research my son might not be here today. Too many children are still dying from leukaemia, which means there is still work to do.”

In 1985 only 20 per cent of children survived the most common form of childhood leukaemia, now it is more than 90 per cent.

Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research has invested more than £3million in life-saving research in Newcastle, which is home to the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Cytogenetics Database.

To sponsor Mrs Shorey visit www.justgiving.com/team-shorey

To join Sir Ian on one of his walks call 020 7685 1022 or visit www.beatingbloodcancers.org.uk/beefywalk2012