Father goes the extra mile to support fund

Brody Richardson, who was diagnosed with leukaemia and his father James is preparing to complete the Children's Cancer Run.

Brody Richardson, who was diagnosed with leukaemia and his father James is preparing to complete the Children's Cancer Run.

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A father is preparing to go the extra mile to raise awareness of the treatment which means his son is still alive today.

Two-year-old Brody Richardson was a healthy little boy when he was diagnosed with leukaemia in November last year after struggling to overcome a chest infection then developing bruises on his legs.

Blood tests revealed it could be leukaemia and he was transferred to the Children’s Cancer Unit at the RVI.

Brody has been described as ‘low risk’ but faces three years of chemotherapy.

Now to raise money for the North of England Children’s Cancer Research fund, Brody’s father Jim will complete the Children’s Cancer Run at Newcastle Racecourse on Sunday.

He will also run the 69 miles along Hadrian’s Wall from Carlisle to Newcastle in June, setting a target of £6,900.

Jim, a keen runner from Whitley Bay, said: “The run is a great chance to raise money to help more children beat cancer and lead long, healthy and happy lives.

“The whole family, including Brody, will be doing the one-mile mini run on Sunday as well.”

To sponsor Jim visit www.justgiving.com/RunningHadriansWall