A TEENAGER from Horsham is organising a marathon from Horsham to Brighton to raise at least £2,000 for Cancer Research.
Lewis Lathey, 14, of Trefoil Close, has launched his mission to raise money for Cancer Research UK after his nan recently contracted the disease for the second time.
The Forest School pupil has planned a route from Horsham Park to Brighton Pier and has been recruiting his friends to run with him in August.
He also has plans to organise a charity party in July and get lots of schools involved to help him reach and hopefully exceed his fundraising target.
He said: “Cancer is running in my family. My nan has it and her mum had it and I want to do as much as I can to support her.
“I love sport and that’s probably the main reason I’m doing the run, but I think it will be hard.
“By law I’ve got to have an adult with me at all times and I’m sorting out adults to run with me.
“I’ve set out a route going through Cowfold and Upper Beeding and I’m getting friends to run with me for motivation.
“We’re going to have check points all the way along and also a doctor to make sure we’re OK.
“Another reason that I’m trying to raise money is to show that anyone can do anything and that anything is possible.”
He wants to get the whole community involved in his mission.
He said: “I’m talking to the Holbrook Club at the moment and my school is getting involved in it too.
“I will be holding many events once we return after the Easter holidays, such as non-uniform days and cake sales.
“On sports day I’m running 25,000 and that will be raising money for them then as well.”
His nan, Carol Poulton, who raised £14,500 for the ovarian cancer charity Grace after contracting the disease a few years ago, said: “I’m so proud of him. He was a great support to me when we raised money for Grace in 2009 to 2010.
“He’s thought of this himself and it was completely out of the blue. He’s organised it himself and we finally found out a few weeks ago.
“I had ovarian cancer in 2008 and it came back last year. It’s just a matter of chemo and more chemo.”
Thanks to the work of charity like Cancer Research UK, survival of women with ovarian cancer has almost doubled in the past 30 years.
Lewis will be advertising his events throughout the year, but anyone who would like to sponsor him in his challenge to run from Horsham to Brighton on August 25 can donate online at www.justgiving.com/LewisLathey0706, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 01403 264715 or 01403 254767.
To find out more about Cancer Research UK go to www.cancerresearchuk.org or call the support helpline on 0300 123 1861.