By Sheerah Ravindren
A dad is walking from Birmingham to Edinburgh to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Luke O’Mara will take on the challenge after being inspired by the story of a boy with a Wilms Tumor, a type of kidney cancer found in children.
“I met Frankie at a playgroup I went to with my own son Leo, who was around ten months old at the time.
“Frankie was nearly three and to me he seemed like all the other kids happily running around, always with a smile on his face and it wasn’t until I became friends with his mum, that I found out he had been diagnosed with a Wilms Tumor.
“He is now cancer free. He still has his six week checks but he is that same smiling boy I met back at the playgroup.
“He has become my inspiration. If a little boy can carry on with such a life-changing issue hanging over him then surely I can strive to do something challenging and difficult to make more children happier.”
Luke’s walk will see him make the 280 mile journey – a mile for each child that dies from cancer each year in the UK.
“It will be tough both physically and mentally, but nothing compared to the battle a child with cancer faces. “
Figures from a CLIC Sargent survey conducted last year showed that about one in three adults in the UK underestimated the number of kids diagnosed with cancer each year.
Luke hopes that his walk will play a part in raising awareness of the disease. He said:
“It’s important that as many people as possible get behind this as people live blissfully unaware of childhood cancer.
“Unfortunately we all experience cancer at some point in our lives through family or friends and if we could work towards beating it or raising awareness to its dangers, especially in children, I’ll feel like I’ve done my best to help.”
To support Luke’s fundraising effort, visit his JustGiving page.