The Coronavirus has impacted everybody in the World, but 8 year old Evie Hodgson has another battle on her hands. On the 28th May 2020 during the Coronavirus lock-down Evie was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anaemia which basically means her bone marrow is failing to produce blood cells. The only cure is a bone marrow transplant and fortunately an excellent match for Evie's bone marrow has been found and it is planned that she will receive the Stem Cell transplant at the end of August. Evie travels to the Great Children's Hospital in Newcastle at least twice a week for treatment which is a 3 hour round trip from home which she takes in her stride. Despite being very poorly at times during her treatment, she continues to pursue her passion for singing proving that she really is a Superstar! She submitted her entry of 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' to The Unity Project - West End Best Friend competition and during her recent stay in hospital brought the ward alive with her virtual singing lessons and several singing performances which the nurses loved. For an eight year old Evie has a big heart, having decided to cut her hair and donate it to charity before it falls out from her treatment.
As Evie's condition is so rare, there is only one charity in the UK dedicated to research into aplastic anaemia and supporting everyone affected nationally. Therefore Evie and her family have chosen for us to raise funds for The Aplastic Anaemia Trust to enable them to work towards research into finding a cure that works for all and to provide everyone affected by aplastic anaemia with the information, and practical and emotional support. On 21st August 2020 we plan to complete the Lyke Wake Walk (40 miles) in 24 hours to raise funds. This seems like such a small challenge in comparison to Evie's challenge, but like Evie we will literally try and take it in our stride!
As with all of her family and friends, we think that Evie and her family are amazing and therefore want to show them our support in this journey.
Anything you can contribute towards helping us achieve the target will be massively appreciated.