City of Derry rugby player Carla Hamilton has run 100 miles in 30 days to raise money for the Cancer Fund for Children
The birth of a baby brings great joy to family and friends and for the McCandless family it was no different.
However, mum and dad Wendy and Keith were dealt a cruel blow in April when their darling daughter Maisie was diagnosed with cancer in the form of a ‘Wilms Tumour’ at just eight months old.
Maisie has required surgery to remove the tumour and her kidney and is now undergoing chemotherapy, however Maisie has remained a champion throughout this ordeal.
Carla Hamilton, from the Waterside area, is close friend of Mum Wendy, also from the city, and having watched her bestie’s little girl go through such a torrid time she decided she wanted to do something to help in the form of a challenge and fundraiser.
A member of City of Derry Rugby Club Ladies team Carla explained: “People who know me know I like a challenge and so when Maisie was diagnosed in April with cancer I wanted to do something to help.
“I decided to run 100 miles in 30 days and the response has been amazing, the final 5km was opened up to anyone who wanted to join me and I was blown away by people’s support.
“For every mile I ran I just thought about what Maisie was going through.”
“In the past I would have run a bit but I haven’t done anything like this for a few years but I couldn’t have asked for any better incentive. For every mile I ran I just thought about what Maisie was going through.”
Carla chose the Cancer Fund for Children at the request of Maisie’s parents Wendy and Keith.
“Because things happened very quick with Maisie, the Cancer Fund for Children have been a brilliant support for the McCandless family, who are from Ballymena, and that’s the charity I’m raising money for,” explained 27 year old Carla.
“The charity can provide everything from emotional, financial and therapeutic support for families who have been touched by cancer and the work they do it so important.
“The McCandless family are such an amazing family and Maisie was such a thriving baby and to have to go through this is the last thing you would expect and yet they still think of others.
“Maisie came through surgery in the middle of May and a week later she was home from hospital. She’s now going through another batch of chemo after surgery and after chatting to Wendy and Keith they asked that the money raised would go to the Cancer Fund for Children as Maisie’s way of giving something back.
“Everyone has been so supportive because Maisie has stolen the hearts of everyone who has met her or who has heard her story.
“Maisie’s story makes you feel very humble and puts things into perspective. The plan is when Maisie is a little better that she will go along with Wendy to present the cheque to the Cancer Fund for Children. I may have run the 100 miles but I did it in her name and the money is being raised in her name.
Carla has a Just Giving page with all the money raised going directly to the Cancer Fund for Children. If you have been touched by Maisie May and would like to donate go to: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Carla-Hamilton
For more information on the Cancer Fund for Children visit: www.cancerfundforchildren.com
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