My 'Year of Fear' in memory of Leo
Leo "the lion" very sadly passed away in December just before his 5th birthday. He fought through five very rare agressive cancerous brain tumours, underwent several major brain operations, intensive chemotherapy, fought off septicemia which attacked his lungs and liver and various other complications and had proton therapy in the U.S. He endured more suffering than anyone should have to in their entire life, and he was only 4 years old.
When I went to visit Leo in Spain, I had a little chat with him about how he needed to be brave and to not be afraid. I promised that in return I would do something every month that scared me. At this exact moment, he turned to me and gave me the biggest smile, I knew then I had to keep my promise.
My promise is to do something every month that scares me. Some of these are more personal things, but many are very tough physical challenges.
The agenda so far is:
January - Leo event consisting of 6 hours of training such as 250 chins ups, 250 burpees, 250 manmakers etc - DONE
February - Set up my own Sports Therapy clinic - DONE
March - Complete the Salford 10k race - DONE
April - Do a photoshoot at the gym and make the photos public
May - Helicopter Ride
June - Europe's longest zipwire
July - Full Tough Mudder - a half marathon distance, muddy obstacle course
August - Complete a tandom skydive
The itinery for the rest of the year has not been 100% confirmed, but some of the future events I am trying to arrange are the Yorkshire 3 Peaks walk, an open water swim, handling spiders and snakes at Chester Zoo, amongst others.
Who am I fundraising for?
In memory of my very special friend Leo, I have decided to raise as much money as possible for the PNET Cancer Foundation. PNETs are large tumors that grow from primitive or undeveloped brain cells. They are rare and highly aggressive, grade 4 tumours and occur mostly in young children and teenagers.
Survival rates for this rare type of tumour are poor.
The PNET Cancer Foundation has a mission to support all families around the world dealing with PNET brain cancer and raise funds to help drive the process for finding a cure for PNET and all children’s brain cancers.
I would be so grateful for any support to honour Leo's memory and to work towards a time when no child has to suffer like Leo did. Thank you.