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Cancer battler Kieran warms up for sporting endeavours
A TEENAGER fighting back after a cancer relapse is preparing to compete in the mini Great North Run to raise funds for charity.
Kieran Maxwell, from Heighington, near Darlington, underwent an operation to remove a tumour from his lung last month.
The 15-year-old had to have part of his left leg amputated after being diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, in 2010.
He suffered a relapse earlier this year, but has responded well to treatment and is due to finish his chemotherapy shortly.
Kieran was well enough to join classmates in year 11 at Hummersknott Academy, in Darlington, at the start of the school term this week.
He will travel to Nottingham this weekend to join 2012 Paralympic gold medal winner Richard Whitehead on his quest to run 40 marathons in as many days.
The 37-year-old double amputee won gold in the 200m at last year’s Paralympic games.
Extensive fundraising to pay for Kieran’s prosthetic limbs has taken in place in recent years, through the Kieran Maxwell Trust.
Last year, the trust received a boost when Euromillions jackpot winners Chris and Colin Weir, from Scotland, made a five-figure contribution.
Kieran’s mother, Nicola, said the teenager plans to walk the 5km course in Nottingham this weekend, as a warm-up for the junior Great North Run the following week.
She said: “It is going to be a family fun day [this Saturday], and the idea is to get Kieran a bit more active and give him a chance to wear his running leg.
“He has had his tumour removed and has more treatment coming up, but he is doing OK.”
Kieran was recently presented with a new prosthetic leg, which comes complete with the Newcastle United FC logo and colours.
Mrs Maxwell is hopeful Kieran will be able to run the length of the 1.5km mini Great North Run, along with his sister Alyssa.
She said: “He has been practising with his running leg every night, but if he plans on running on the day, then his dad will have to run with him!”
Mrs Maxwell plans to walk the Great North Run on September 15, with the mini event taking place the previous day.
Their efforts are to raise funds for the Bone Cancer Research Trust. To donate, visit justgiving.com/nicola-maxwell
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