Family fundraising in honour of Max

Godfather Paul Taylor with Max McKeown.
Godfather Paul Taylor with Max McKeown.

The family of a youngster diagnosed with leukaemia are looking to raise thousands of pounds for the ward which cared for him.

Max McKeown, from Cramlington, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia last April, aged just two.

We decided to join together to raise money for the children’s cancer ward at the Great North Children’s Hospital because of the fantastic work they are doing to care for Max in his fight against cancer

Paul Taylor

Max is now three, and while his response to initial treatment has been good, he still has another two years of treatment ahead of him.

To mark the anniversary of his diagnosis, his family and friends have decided to help raise £5,000 for the children’s cancer ward and day unit at the Great North Children’s Hospital to thank them for their care.

On Saturday, April 26, almost exactly a year since Max’s diagnosis, his godfather, Paul Taylor, also from Cramlington, will undertake an Olympic-distance triathlon, swimming 1500m, cycling 40km and running 10km.

Supported by a tag-team of friends to help out along the way, Paul’s ‘Tri4Max’ will start at 1pm at Ponteland Leisure Centre.

Paul’s two daughters, Lily, five, and Hope, two, will then do a mini-triathlon on the following day, swimming two widths, riding their bikes to the play park and then running around the park – with Max hoping to join them.

To kick-off the fundraising, Paul had his chest waxed in a sponsored ‘Wax4Max’ event last Sunday, joined by Max’s dad, Chris McKeown, who agreed to have his back waxed.

Paul said: “We decided to join together to raise money for the children’s cancer ward at the Great North Children’s Hospital because of the fantastic work they are doing to care for Max in his fight against cancer.

“A year on from his diagnosis, we wanted to keep his ongoing treatment fresh in everyone’s thoughts and prayers.”

To donate to the cause, visit www.justgiving.com/teams/tri4max