Going the extra mile in memory of Emma

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A CARING dad is gearing up for a challenging fundraising cycle in memory of his brave young daughter who lost her battle with cancer.

Alan Cameron and three friends, Stephen Griffiths, Stephen Marshall and Jim Rennie, will cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats, starting on June 29.

The team will attempt to cover 950 miles over 10 days. They hope to raise £20,000 for the Emma Cameron Foundation.

Alan’s daughter Emma sadly passed away on April 1 last year, just three weeks before her 12th birthday.

But despite having the disease, courageous Emma enjoyed what time she had left and raised hundreds of pounds for charity.

Alan, from Torrance, said: “I want to be able to do the cycle for Emma. I’m inspired by her attitude and have got to push myself.

“One of my mates said to me that the cycle is going to be sore, but to look at what Emma went though. She smiled and looked for the next challenge.”

Emma was only 10-years-old when she was given the devastating news that she had bone cancer in her leg.

Chemotherapy treatment did not work and the youngster had to have her leg amputated above the knee to remove the tumour.

Tragically, months later, an X-ray revealed there were tumours on Emma’s lung.

She had surgery, but her family were told to prepare for the worst as the cancer could continue to spread.

Emma’s family set up the Emma Cameron Foundation to raise money for charities, including those that helped her during her battle.

Emma was given many fantastic experiences including meeting boy band JLS with her sister Rachel (15).

The Emma Cameron Foundation is hoping to have raised between £40,000 and £50,000 by this summer.

So far the foundation has funded trips to Lapland for six children and parents.

Alan (46) said: “The fundraising has been fantastic. Emma’s school – Torrance Primary – raised £1,600 by holding a spring fair and tea, which is amazing.”

The foundation is holding a number of fundraising events, including a dinner and ceilidh at Oran Mor in Glasgow on September 7.

For more information visit www.emmacameronfoundation.org.uk

To sponsor Alan and his team visit www.justgiving.com/Alan-Cameron

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