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Team Emma need your support for Great North Run
A WIRRAL dad whose baby daughter died from a rare form of leukaemia is among a team taking part in the BUPA Great North Run next month in her memory.
Mike Mannix from Birkenhead, will be joined by friends, family and work collegues for the 13.1-mile challenge in Newcastle on September 15.
Proceeds will go to blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and the team needs your help to boost funds.
Mike's daughter Emma was diagnosed with pure erythroid leukaemia in June last year, aged just 13 weeks. Despite chemotherapy treatment, she tragically passed away on October 7.
Parents Mike and Fiona said: “As devastated as we are by our loss. We are determined to keep Emma’s amazing spirit and positivity alive in how we live our lives as a tribute to her. We are, and always will be, so incredibly proud of her.”
So far, the Emma Mannix Tribute Fund has raised £15,845 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Team Emma hope to take this total to £25,000 to help beat blood cancer.
Mike said: “Running the Great North Run gives us an opportunity to raise more money for the Emma Mannix Tribute Fund.
“We share the vision of the charity that only a 100% survival rate from blood cancer is good enough, and we are proud that donations in memory of Emma will support vital research to beat all blood cancers.”
Team Emma will be among 50,000 competitors at the BUPA Great North Run.
Dan Solley, head of sports events for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, said:
“We are constantly inspired by the stories of those taking part in events for the charity and the dedication of our supporters like Team Emma.
“Every penny raised for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research will help us in our mission to beat blood cancer – stopping people from dying and making patients’ lives better.”
To sponsor Team Emma, please visit www.justgiving.com/teams/team-emma-mannix
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