William runs mile to help good cause

William Richardson and his brother Alexander at the Childrens Cancer Run event. Picture by Craig Richardson.
William Richardson and his brother Alexander at the Childrens Cancer Run event. Picture by Craig Richardson.
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A brave six-year-old from Cramlington, who last year was diagnosed with a life-threatening tumour, put on his running shoes to raise vital funds.

William Richardson suffered from Rhabdomyosarcoma – an aggressive, rare type of cancer – that required a reinforced buggy for mobility.

But earlier this month, he took part in the 34th annual Children’s Cancer Run on behalf of North of England Children’s Cancer Research (NECCR).

When he was first diagnosed in 2015, the family travelled thousands of miles to Oklahoma City in the USA for his proton beam therapy, which sees high energy beams of radiation targeting the cancerous cells with pinpoint accuracy. The therapy is currently not available in the UK.

William, who won a North East Braveheart award for showing courage during his battle with the disease, was joined on the mini-mile run at Newcastle Racecourse by his parents Craig and Marie and two-year-old brother Alexander.

Marie said: “William has made significant progress so far this year and at the end of April he returned to school full-time after receiving the good news that his tumour has reduced significantly.

“It’s hard to believe that a year ago to the day, we were travelling to America.

“Heading to the airport with William in his reinforced buggy, I could never imagine that just a year later he’d have so much fun running the Greggs Cancer mini-mile whilst raising just over £950 for the vital work of NECCR.

“William ran all the way, and his brother Alex enjoyed it so much he wanted to do it again.”

You can still make a donation for William’s run – visit https://childrenscancerrun.everydayhero.com/uk/Richardson_family