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JJ Effect Youth Club get running to raise money for young cancer patients life-saving treatment

Posted on - 13th March, 2021 - 9:30pm | Author - | Posted in - Campaigns, Charities, Education, People, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Proud Preston
Byron Highton and Daniel Jude
Byron Highton and Daniel Jude

The JJ Effect CIC have rallied their youth club kids together to run for 24 hours non-stop in efforts to raise as much as they can for Kim Fletcher who has a rare type of tissue cancer.

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The kids, aged 10-16, will endure 24 hours on treadmills provided by Smart Fit gym in Preston for 24 year-old Kim, who has been battling a rare form of cancer since her diagnosis in August 2020.

Spindle Cell Rhabdomyosarcoma found in only 1% of the adult population has put Kim through 5 rounds of chemotherapy and many major operations in attempts to remove her tumour.

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Kim said: “I’m disabled for life, I won’t be able to smile properly again due to the surgery I’ve had. The thing that keeps me positive is the support from everyone I have received.

It leaves me speechless when I see events like this, the kindness shown is so overwhelming. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Byron, Dan and Kim Fletcher with children from the JJ Effect youth group.
Byron, Dan and Kim Fletcher with children from the JJ Effect youth group.

The money raised from this event will contribute towards Proton beam therapy for Kim who so far has been treated at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in Liverpool .

Kim, previously a care home support worker said: “This treatment will save my life. If it works it will stop my cancer from coming back.”

Sayid, aged 11 attends the youth club every week.

Byron Highton, the founder of JJ Effect CIC said: “Our aim is raise as much money as possible for Kim to help support her in her ongoing journey. Our major event is a 300 mile bike ride from Preston to London. But the kids wanted to make an effort to help too.”

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Food donated towards the fundraising event.

It hasn’t just been Byron and his young people helping out, support has assembled from all over the Preston community. The Here For Humanity charity team have accumulated food for the kids as they run for 24 hours.

Morrison’s, Domino’s, Premier all supported the children participating. With generosity also coming from local Preston businesses too, The Wee Chippy, Shapla Tandoori, Home Indulge, Goffy’s and Jenny’s Cakes have also all been on hand offering food support throughout the night, fueling the children and staff in their challenge.

DLN dance group also stopped by to entertain the children participating in the challenge. The girls involved performed a short dance routine for the runners to keep them motivated in support of Kim.

DLN Dance School girls performed in support of Kim Fletcher.

Kim, who’s mum to 7 year-old Maya, said: “Cancer makes you realise what’s important. It’s only been the last few weeks I’ve been back on my feet, I have my bad days but people being so supportive is what keeps me going.”

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To support the JJ Effect CIC, Kim and her family you can donate through the GoFundMe page.

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