Do the zumba and help fighters like Stephen

Stephen Kennedy, 17, from Pellon, Halifax, is currently fighting acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. His aunt Mandy Kennedy has organised a charity zumbathon to raise money for Candlelighters

Stephen Kennedy, 17, from Pellon, Halifax, is currently fighting acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. His aunt Mandy Kennedy has organised a charity zumbathon to raise money for Candlelighters

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A TEENAGER’S fight against blood cancer has inspired a three-hour charity zumbathon.

Stephen Kennedy, from Pellon, Halifax, was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukaemia four weeks ago and is being treated at the teenage cancer unit in Leeds.

The 17-year-old’s aunt, Mandy Kennedy, who teaches the Latin fitness craze, has organised the event to raise money for Yorkshire children’s cancer charity Candlelighters.

She said: “At the moment he is doing well but we are waiting to see how the chemotherapy has worked.

“Like any illness we feel powerless in being able to help, other than caring and loving your loved ones and letting them know you are there. The first thing that came to my head was to do something and at least help raise some money.”

The zumbathon takes place at Lee Mount Club, Lee Mount Road, Halifax, on Sunday November 6. Tickets cost £10 and there will also be a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses.

Raffle tickets cost £1 per strip and can be bought in advance by emailing mandyzumba@hotmail.co.uk or calling 07704269234.

Cash raised will help Candlelighters to support sick children and their families.