Cancer Research UK Survivorship activity aims to support and empower those who have dealt with the emotion that comes with cancer The survivors Lap of Honour is very special and emotional as survivors are invited to walk the opening lap of Honour, alongside friends and family.
Aug 30 2006 06:50 am
HI Harrison & the Peters family!
Thank you so much for being part of our Cancer Research UK event on the 19th & 20th August!
It was great to meet you all.
Together we raised over 6K, which is just fantastic and next year 'when the weather is great'!, we hope to double that amount.
Well done with the website Karen, its looking wonderful! Keep up the good work.
Keep in touch, all the best,
Vicky & the Tameside Cancer Research UK Committee Team
Although the event is focused on fun, we also had time to remember why we take part in the event, a time to remember those close to us who have had cancer... As the sun went down, candle bags illuminated the way under the stars to remember those who lost their battle with cancer, those fighting cancer,and those who have fought cancer and survived. The ceremony of light symbolises the hope that cancer research continue to fight for. This is a truly heart touching sevice and a wonderful way to Honour or remember our loved ones.
At Relay For Life we were all reminded of the progress that has been made in the search for new and better treatments for cancer with help from the enthusiasm of the community and experiences of cancer survivors. Harrison our little boy who also won the Little Stars Award earlier this year, was an inspiration alongside other children and adults who attended the weekend.
Our personal experience we got from the weekend was very rewarding, and also very emotional, the initial start to the day was very emotional to see our little boy do his Lap of Honour of which he was determined to do, again and again! despite the heavy down pours, he kept on going alongside many others. As a parent we felt honoured to be involved with this and have chance to see our little boy with so much determination and energy for life. for as we know only to well if it wasn't for cancer research we would not have Harrison today,
Harrison's special award
I look to the sky and what do I see?
A castle, a rainbow, and dreams for me,
An end to this battle that I must fight,
To rid my feelings of depression and fright,
An end to cancer is not far away,
It will be here someday... someday
These words are very special to Harrison, Below is a brief look into his journey through cancer.
Harrison born 3.04.2000, our new baby, our millenium baby, from that day we new he was special!, happy playfull, and learned to talk at a very early stage, life was good, early spring 2002 he began to change, tiring very quickly, sleepng more then eventually became unable to walk,after many visits to the doctors, it was 18th october 2002 when we recieved the heartbreaking news, your baby has leukaemia,the start of our journey!life was an emotional roller coaster from that day,the start of his treatment and the effects it had, we thought we would never see our little boy walk again, life was tough still tryng to accept what was happening,all our friends, family except my mum and my dad,had all gone we were all isolated in the torment,as my mum lives away. We had harrison christened one of the best days he took his first steps again,and from there began to cope with the chemotherapy quite well,his first year during treatment he became critically ill through infection, and spent almost three weeks not knowing if he was going to make it, that's where his song came in again it was dedicated to him from the south of england, Reach for the stars, it was played over the hospital radio,then like a miracle, he became stronger and stronger, he managed his second year of treatment reasonably well despite having to be tube fed etc,and when his hickman line came out life regained a touch of normality,and he was once again smiling. Then came the last year of treatment and everything changed once again, he stared to get infections constantly, then spent almost six months in hospital as he contracted a rare form of pnuemonia which lead him again to be extremely poorly, his body everything was failing and again we was seeing and watching him slowly slipping away, clutching at straws we asked for his song to be played it had worked it's miracle before! The hospital had it played in his room,well what can i say he made it home for his birthday! still poorly as he had had lung biopsys and allsorts done to him,but he didn't let it get him down, he fought and fought,thats when he won the little stars award for bravery earlier this year from cancer research which to him was a big achievement and especially recieving his silver engraved star! his second line came out in march this year 2006, and he has gone from strength to strength, and is presently doing well and was honoured to be a part of relay for life.
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