£3,080raised of £2,800 target by 79 supporters

Weʼre raising £2,800 to help with expenses incurred during 13 year old Matt's cancer treatments

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On Sunday, 18 March, 2018, I am running the Reading Half Marathon.

Those of you who know me, know that I am not a runner (by any stretch of the imagination) but that I am determined, love a challenge, and have found a cause that gets me out of bed with my Nikes on when I am tempted by Netflix and pizza.

That reason is my friend, 13 year old Matty Wood.

In late 2017, after weeks of headaches, pain and weightloss, Matty was diagnosed with an embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma tumour, a rare type of soft-tissue cancer at the base of his skull behind his ear. Matty has started a treatment plan that will involve chemotherapy to start and likely to include surgeries and radiotherapy at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane, and may take as long as 12 months to complete.

Matty and his mother have temporarily relocated to Australia while he undergoes treatment, which is especially tough year as his family of three big brothers, Jackson, William and Charlie are in Hanoi where his father's work is also based.

In addition to being separated from his immediate family, there are added high costs of living and treatment related expenditures, which are adding up. My decision to raise money for the half marathon was to do what I can to help and support my friend in his time of need, and hope you can too.

Matt's mom Pippa was like family to me when I lived in Hanoi. She, her husband and four sons, welcomed me into their home and lives with open arms- and Matty, who was six when I met him-was like little a brother. I watched grow from a sweet, curious, kind, generous, and very tolerant little boy into a smart, thoughtful, introspective, creative, kind teenager...though he does slightly wince when I make my OTT uncool public declarations of how awesome he is :)

I'd like to raise £2,800 (which is $5,000 Australian/$4000 USD) but every bit helps. No donation is too small, and every penny given will be sent directly to Matty's family.

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  • Anonymous


    Mar 20, 2018

  • Anonymous


    Mar 18, 2018

    cancelled or not, you're doing an incredible thing. Get well soon to Matty and ILY to you xxx


  • Chris Gathman

    Chris Gathman

    Mar 18, 2018

    I am so proud of you for doing this Alice! May the wind be at your back!!

  • Richie Bardsley

    Richie Bardsley

    Mar 18, 2018

    Good job doll. :-)


  • Nora


    Mar 17, 2018

    Good luck tomorrow Alice. Praying for Matty to get better 💕


  • Tanvi Mehta-Krensel

    Tanvi Mehta-Krensel

    Mar 17, 2018

    Good luck Alice! Love from Tanvi and Anthony


  • Anonymous


    Mar 17, 2018

    Good luck babe!

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