Fundraising during lockdown is not easy, but that hasn’t stopped Caterham School student Josh. After realising that a local family were trying to raise £232,000 to take their son to New York for a potentially life-saving vaccine, 16-year old Josh wanted to help.
Liam Scott, 4, has high-risk neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer, and has endured major surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, suffering numerous infections and spending most of that time in hospital. He is currently undergoing immunotherapy, the last stage of his treatment. Although Liam has responded well, the likelihood of relapse is high, with a long-term survival rate of just 10%. The vaccine could help prevent this happening, and the family plan to travel to the US in August.
The vaccine must be paid for in advance and they have already raised £144,000, including £31,000 raised by Josh’s own cousin Charlie. Josh decided he would add to their collection by challenging himself to run and cycle 100 miles in 10 days. He started on 23 May, using a treadmill and exercise bike, and livestreaming his efforts on Instagram. His current total stands at just over £2,000.
To donate to Josh’s fundraiser for Liam, please visit www.solvingkidscancer.org.uk/Fundraisers/joshs-100-miles-for-liam