A mum will pull on her trainers next month - a year on from the day her son was diagnosed with bone cancer.
Teenager Oran Kenyon is still battling the disease after a course of intensive treatment but his mum Joanne and younger sister Kate will put their best feet forward to raise funds to say thank you to Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital which has been caring for the Doncaster 17-year-old.
The pair will take part in the charity’s Run In The Park event on July 13, after a tough year following Oran’s diagnosis with Ewing’s Sarcoma 12 months ago.
In January last year, Oran visited his GP after suffering from severe back pain.
Shortly afterwards, after undergoing tests, the teenager and his family received the news he had primary bone cancer.
Oran began an intense treatment programme at Weston Park Hospital’s dedicated teenage unit, benefiting from the specialised environment and provisions made there for young cancer patients.
Joanne said: “Nothing can prepare you for the devastating news that your child has cancer and there is no pain greater than watching your child suffer.
“Without the incredible care and support from the staff, I doubt that Oran would have battled through in the same positive way.
“Kate and I are looking forward to striding out to support Oran’s ongoing battle with cancer.”
Despite his diagnosis, Oran managed to pass 11 GSCE exams and continue his education by enrolling for college.
In January, he underwent complex surgery to remove part of his pelvis, meaning that he will be unable to walk for approximately a year.
Joanne continued: “We all take the ability to walk for granted and seeing Oran in a wheelchair has motivated me more than ever to complete the 3k fun run alongside Kate.
“Hopefully next year Oran will be well enough to join in the run himself.”
Oran said: “It’s definitely been a tough year.
“I will of course do anything I can to help raise awareness of Weston Park Hospital and the charity.
Anyone interested in signing up for the race can visit www.runinthepark.org.uk or call 0114 226 5370.