Cancer victim remembered by walk

WALKERS will put their best foot forward tomorrow for a sponsored walk in memory of a 12-year-old schoolboy who died after a courageous fight against cancer.

WALKERS will put their best foot forward tomorrow for a sponsored walk in memory of a 12-year-old schoolboy who died after a courageous fight against cancer.

Felixstowe's fundraising committee for Cancer Research UK are holding the event dedicated to Jack Wilkinson for the second year running - and there is still time for people to join in.

The event features a triple walk with people challenged to do nine miles, five miles or a 1.5 mile walk designed for people with restricted mobility.

The walks will cover areas of the seaside town and its seafront.


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Committee member Richard Bradshaw said: “The event was hugely successful last year and we are hoping it will be very well supported again.

“Jack's parents Caz and Karl Wilkinson joined us for the event last year and took part in the longest walk and they are delighted he will again be remembered in this way.

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“Jack was an example to us all in the way he worked so hard for others, right up until the end.

“Our aim as a committee is to do all we can to raise funds to fight this awful disease and every penny raised on the day will go to research.”

The Jack Wilkinson Memorial Walks start and finish from Foxgrove Residential Home in Undercliff Road East. The nine miler starts at 9.45am, five miler at 10.15am and short walk at 11am.

Sponsorship forms can be obtained from committee secretary Doreen Giff on 01394 273013 or people can simply make a donation on the day.

Jack, of Fairfield Avenue, Felixstowe, was first diagnosed with a rare form of bladder cancer when he was just two years old.

The family moved to Felixstowe from Wiltshire in 1997 and for the next eight years everything seemed fine as Jack's disease went into remission, until April 2005 when they were hit with the bombshell that the cancer had returned.

He carried on fighting, but died in August 2006.

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