A MORPETH schoolboy who survived a form of cancer is aiming to help others beat the disease by taking on Saturday’s Bupa Junior Great North Run.
Jamie Hall is lacing up his trainers for the 2.5-mile event to raise as much money as possible for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s life-saving work into lymphoma and all other blood cancers.
The 12-year-old was first admitted to the Children’s Cancer Unit at the RVI in Newcastle in 2004, just weeks after celebrating his sixth birthday.
Jamie had been unwell for some time, had failed to recover and developed a rash. His mum, Sue, visited their GP who sent Jamie straight to hospital where tests revealed he had hypereosinophilia – a blood disorder where patients have too high a concentration of a particular type of white blood cell.
She said: “The drug and steroid treatments were really tough on him to the point he couldn’t walk and had to use a wheelchair, but he responded well and appeared to be recovering.
“Then over Easter 2005, lumps started appearing on his body and he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.”
Jamie returned to the RVI and underwent 10 months of the highest intensity chemotherapy and was in and out of hospital.
This was followed by two years of maintenance treatment. Thankfully, Jamie is now doing well and is back at school.
Sue said: “I’m so proud. He was absolutely amazing, he just took everything that was thrown at him. He has four-monthly check-ups at the moment but is doing really well and is happy giving everything a go – even sports day.”
Along with a friend from Newminster Middle School, Jamie will be taking part in the Junior Great North Run for the second time since beating lymphoma and is keen to raise as much money as he can to help find a cure for the disease.
Matthew Lawley, Running and Triathlon Manager at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: “Jamie’s coped magnificently and I’m really pleased he’s taking part in support of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Every penny raised will help make a real difference to patients with all blood cancers.”