Sumner Malik goes to my school, Warninglid. He is a triplet and one of the most cheerful and helpful children I know. He has been diagnosed with a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). DIPG is a terminal, paediatric form of brain tumour. There are only 40 cases of DIPG diagnosed a year in the UK with no confirmed cure and a non-existent survival rate.
There is hope out there though with lots of doctors and hospitals around the world carrying out pioneering research into ways of treating this disease, with a few offering cutting edge treatments on compassionate grounds. These treatments though are unfortunately very expensive and every bit of help is needed to meet the costs. At the moment, the Malik family are trying to raise £80,000.
Everyone that knows Sumner has been raising money to go towards the family's fundraising total. This is my contribution.
My daughters and I will be doing the Boxing Day Swim in Tenby, Wales to raise funds for Sumner. This involves high-tailing it down the beach and plunging into the freezing waters of the Atlantic. Wetsuits will not be worn. Toes will be froze. Teeth will chatter. Body parts may turn blue.
We would really appreciate any donations to help Sumner. I've put a target of £200 but if we could exceed that, it would be amazing.
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Dec 1, 2016
Go, Girls, Go!! Brrrrrr! Fab cause, good luck to the Malik family, Lots of love from all the Bells xxxx
Nov 30, 2016
I'll be waiting on the beach with the warm towels and the hot toddies.
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