The family of 7 year old Oliver Smith from Minster-on-Sea who lost his sight in his fight against cancer, are honouring his bravery with a fundraising beach run – which they’re doing blindfolded. Oliver was diagnosed with the aggressive childhood cancer neuroblastoma before his first birthday and has been fighting the disease ever since.
The fundraising event is the brainchild of Kevin Coleman, partner of Oliver’s mum Natalie.
Kevin says: “Over the past few years my friend Jezz and myself have raised money for Oliver through running. We wanted to come up with something different and thought of the blindfold run to highlight Oliver’s daily struggle with blindness. The newest member of our running group, Adam, will be our eyes on the day. We’d love to see as many people as possible cheer us on.”
The fundraising run will start at Garrison Point, Sheerness Beach, at mid-day on Saturday 30th April and finish at Minster Cliffs. Members of the public are welcome at the start and finish.
Side effects from his treatment mean that Oliver has to wear hearing aids and walks with a cane, however despite this, his mum Natalie explains, “Oliver really enjoys life and doesn’t let his disabilities hold him back in anyway at all. Oliver has always been told if he wants to try something then he can and to never think of himself as any different to any other little boy.”
Family and friends will be collecting funds to support Oliver and children like him to ensure they can access pioneering clinical research in the hope of a full future. You can find out more about the charity and support its work at: https://solvingkidscancer.org.uk
Oliver’s charity, Solving Kids’ Cancer, supports families affected by aggressive childhood cancers and raises funds for research into better treatments.
Please give to Oliver’s Journey via Text ‘OLSM88 £1-10 to 70070’.
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