a RIBBLE Valley three-year-old who is bravely fighting cancer was just one of those who inspired Sunday’s Great North Runners.
Jack Lambert was diagnosed with a brain tumour in June 2010 when he was just 20 months old. He subsequently underwent intensive chemotherapy for the aggressive cancer of the brain, medulloblastoma.
But then his parents, Jen (31) and Rob Lambert (37), received the heart-breaking news the cancer had spread to Jack’s spine. They were told a course of radiotherapy was necessary, the results of which will not be known until Christmas.
“Jack has just finished six weeks of radiotherapy at St James’s Hospital, Leeds, and has been amazing throughout,” said Jack’s mother Jen, who grew up in Slaidburn and whose parents live at Bolton-by-Bowland.
“He never stops smiling. We now have to wait for 12 weeks until he has a scan to see if the radiotherapy has worked.”
Jack cannot walk anymore since having the high dose of chemotherapy and has to wear splints as well as use a frame to walk.
His devoted family, who now live at Wigglesworth, and friends have rallied round and launched an awareness campaign about the condition. They hope to raise £10,000 for the Brain Tumour Research and Support (BTRS) charity.
Sylvia Welbank, who is Jen’s cousin, is just one of those who has offered her support to the cause completing the Newcastle-based half-marathon with the youngster at the forefront of her mind.
Sylvia, of Slaidburn, said: “The Great North Run was a hugely emotional and humbling day, the atmosphere is electric and you spend half the race in tears listening to people’s stories. I was running to help raise awareness for BTRS and the families that have to endure the pain of watching a loved one suffer.
“The physical challenge and tiredness is just nothing compared to what my cousin and her family have gone through for the past two years and that’s what pushes you through. The support and donations from everyone have been amazing and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated.
“I loved being part of this amazing day and had a personal best which was the icing on the cake.”
To make a donation to Sylvia visit www.justgiving.com/Sylvia-Welbank
Other fund-raising initiatives inspired by Jack include ribbons made by Jen’s friend Sarah Kynaston which can be obtained from the Sarah Rose shop in Clitheroe and the old vicarage tea room at Tosside for a suggested donation of £1.
Sarah, together with Kathryn Booth and Lorraine Oliver, have also launched a Facebook page called Jack’s Journey telling of his fight against the illness and raising awareness.
To donate to the brain tumour charity visit www.justgiving.com/lorraine-oliver
Meanwhile, two more women from the Hodder Valley raised funds for two other charities by completing the Great North Run.
Elizabeth Scott, of Slaidburn, completed the race in two hours and 37 mins for the charity Breast Cancer Care.
“I felt it was definitely a worthwhile charity to raise money for,” said Elizabeth.
“I feel we all know someone who has breast cancer,” she said.
“On the day it was just fantastic, one of the most amazing things I had ever done.
“ It was very emotional with thousands of people raising money for some brilliant charities. the spectators were all just amazing and cheered us on all the way through. The start line was just electric, full of excitement for the run ahead.”
To make a donation to Elizabeth’s charity visit www.justgiving.com/Elizabeth-Scott4
Farmer’s wife Susan Hartley, of Burn House Farm, Newton-in-Bowland, also completed the Great North Run to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Society.
This is the third time Susan has taken part in the race which she completed this year with a knee injury. She hopes to have raised approximately £800 for the charity.