A sister who has been inspired by her little brother’s struggle to beat a rare form of cancer will run in this year’s Halifax Race for Life.
Morgan Heliwell, 13, of Rochdale, recently returned from America where he underwent a nine week intensive course of protontheraphy.
In July 2012, Morgan was diagnosed with Rhabdomysarcoma - a rare cancer of the soft tissue - after his mum Tracy Laycock had growing concerns over a lump on her son’s face.
Tracy was told by medical staff that the lump was an abscess, however, she refused to accept the diagnosis.
She said: “It’s been life changing. Morgan lost three stone in weight, his hair and even his finger and toe nails.”
After seeing her brother’s struggle to beat the cancer that affects less than 60 children each year in the UK, Jade Laycock, 23, and her friend Jessica Goodyear, 20, of Halifax, will run in Halifax’s Race for Life, July 21 2013.
Jade said: “Morgan undergoes three chemotherapy treatments, one daily. The protontherapy was so strong he’s lost saliva glands. The tumour’s gone, but there’s still cancerous cells. Now Morgan’s hair is growing back he feels more positive.”
Jessica said: “Jade’s gone through hell. I’ll race to support her and to help find cures for Morgan and other cancer sufferers.”