Sep 10 2013 by Mark Johnson, Formby Times
A MUM will run an epic race to raise cash for a research charity that is aiming to find a cure for her son’s life-threatening disease.
Joanne Taylor, whose five-year-old son Thomas suffers from langerhans cell histiocytosis, will run the Great North Run in Newcastle this Sunday.
She said: “I’m going to be running 13.1 miles to raise as money much as I can for the Histiocytosis Research Trust. It’s a cause very close to my heart.
“My son Thomas was diagnosed with a rare disease at six months old and he has been having aggressive chemotherapy treatment for four years. He is in remission at the moment.
“Though the treatment has been distressing for Thomas he has proved to be a great fighter.
“There is no cure for what he has and it is very much a case of trial and error in how they are tackling it. Hopefully, the money that I raise will go towards finding a cure.”
Thomas is undergoing treatment at West Derby’s Alder Hey children’s hospital in an attempt to combat the disease which can cause damage to skin, bone and other organs.
Joanne, 40, hoped to raise £500 for the trust.
So far, she has exceeded expectations by generating almost £1,000 on her Just Giving page.
She said: “It’s going well so far on that front but further donations are welcome.”
Joanne said that she is excited about the prospect of running in the race.
Joanne added: “I’m really looking forward to the race because I’m originally from Washington in Tyne and Wear and that’s not far from Newcastle where the race will start.
“A lot of my family live up there so it’ll be good to be able to see them too and make a day of it. I hope that it’ll be a sunny day and that it won’t be too cold. I have been training since February in fits and starts so I just hope that everything goes well on the day and I get over the finish line in South Shields.”
To sponsor Joanne, go to the web page at www.virginmoneygiving.com/joannetaylor73.