On the run in memory of Maya

7-05-2015 Picture Jamie Forbes. Lennoxtown. Runners taking part in 10k in memory of Maya McLaughlin.
7-05-2015 Picture Jamie Forbes. Lennoxtown. Runners taking part in 10k in memory of Maya McLaughlin.

A group of friends got on their running shoes to raise money to help cancer victims and their families in memory of a brave little Lennoxtown girl.

Maya McLaughlin (9) passed away suddenly from Burkitt’s lymphoma in November 2010 after being given the all-clear just months earlier.

The team of seven, led by Denise Gardner, took part in the Great Women’s 10k on 
Sunday.

Their aim was to raise hundreds of pounds for the charity Calum’s Cabin, which provides holiday respite on the Isle of Bute for families coping with terminal illness.

Maya and her family 
enjoyed a break at the lodge in Rothesay while the youngster was battling the illness.

The Commercial Inn at Lennoxtown also supported the women in their fundraising efforts, staging a social night after Sunday’s race.

Maya had endured nine months of intensive chemotherapy treatment after she was diagnosed with the 
disease in August 2009.

Her mum Toni said: “Maya was diagnosed with stage 4 Burkitt’s lymphoma. She 
endured nine months of intensive treatment where she quickly became very unwell and lost her hair.

“We were told after the treatment Maya was in remissioin but on October 30, 2010, she became unwell and we were told she had relapsed. Sadly, she passed away three days later.”

The team who took part in Sunday’s 10k at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow were: Denise Gardner, Caitlin Gardner, Caroline Carr, Fiona Ferguson, Lorraine Macdonald, Leanne Simpson and Annemarie Marshall.

Caroline McDonald, the manager at the Commercial Inn also offered to put on a 
disco and buffet to raise funds.

Before the race, Denise said: “We hope to raise a good bit of cash. It’s for a very good cause.”

Calum’s Cabin was set up after 12-year-old Rothesay boy, Calum Speirs lost his fight for life a year after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

After he died, his family launched a major campaign to raise almost £100,000 to buy the holiday lodge since then, a cottage has been added.

To donate to the fund set up by the local team of runners, you can contact The Commercial Inn at 01360 310206.