Monday 4th September 2017
Around 1250 walkers of all ages – many of them in fancy dress – got involved in our biggest ever Sponsored Walk through Glasgow on Saturday!
The event was of particular significance to many families taking part, whose children have been or still are patients at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow.
Patients like 8 year old Genevieve Goodyear from Glasgow, who was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma – a type of childhood cancer – in January this year.
Genevieve walked 10k alongside her Mum Lucy, Dad Carl and sisters Freya and Hermione to fundraise for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity’s Schiehallion Appeal, in order to help children just like her at the hospital battling cancer and blood disorders. Lucy, Genevieve’s Mum said:
“On Wednesday 24th January this year, Genevieve was unwell and taken to A&E. Two days later she had an operation to drain and re-inflate her lung and - more worryingly - to biopsy one of the masses in her abdomen. Three days later we were told that she had Burkitt's Lymphoma, a type of childhood cancer.
“What followed was a whirlwind of four months of hospitalisation, chemotherapy and often fear. We were told that Genevieve was in complete remission on April 3rd and her treatment finished on April 24th.
“The tremendous staff at the hospital not only got Genevieve through this experience but helped us stay together as a family and survive an ordeal that is known to tear families apart.
“We are so incredibly proud not only of Genevieve but also of her sisters, Freya & Hermione, who played their part and went to school every day and achieved excellent results in spite of everything."
Throughout her hospital journey, Genevieve made many happy memories. Despite having to spend months in hospital, Genevieve has said that she is grateful to have had the chance to meet so many new people on the Schiehallion Ward who were a huge support to her and her family during treatment. Lucy told us:
“In the many photographs we took of Genevieve during this ordeal, almost every one shows her with a huge grin at best, a weak smile at worst and her positive memories of being in Schiehallion Ward are a testament to the professionalism and compassion of the hard working and dedicated staff.
“We are now raising money for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity to help other families and their children cope with their cancer experience and, against all odds, make some funny, crazy, happy memories of being in Glasgow's Children's Hospital just like we did.”
We are incredibly proud to have had Genevieve take part in our 10k Sponsored Walk, and would like to share a big thank you with her family for raising over £2,800 in support of our Schiehallion Appeal!
Our Schiehallion Appeal aims to raise £500,000 to expand the clinical trials centre at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children. By bringing more potentially lifesaving treatments to the hospital, we hope to give young patients with cancer and blood disorders the best possible chance in their fight. Thanks to the efforts of those taking part in the Sponsored Walk like the Goodyear family, we are one step closer to meeting that ambitious target!