Helping young children with cancer.
When a family friend was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Ethan Maull, at just 6 years old, helped his father Darren raise over £4,000 for Cancer Research. Darren and his friends, first took on the Yorkshire Peaks and a short time later completed the National 3 Peaks. On the last climb, Ethan joined his father making the final ascent to the top of Snowden, an amazing fete for a small boy!
Just 2 ½ years later, Christmas brought a devastating blow to the Maull family when Ethan, at just 8 years old was diagnosed with a rare form of Osteosarcoma, a children’s bone cancer. A regime of chemotherapy began in the new year of 2013 and Ethan continues to have treatment causing him many unpleasant side effects, yet he refuses to let any of this get in his way and he continues to raise funds for charity.
Having spent so much time in hospital, Ethan has seen first-hand the devastating effects on the children suffering with cancer and the financial burden on their families. Many families have to travel long distances to Nottingham for treatment and the costs of travel and overnight accommodation are a huge strain on their finances and it is these people that Ethan would like to help. ‘Billy’s House’ is a house located close to the hospital where families can stay while their children are having prolonged treatment and a place that they can try to make a home from home while they are there. This is especially useful for the children in the family who need a more normal environment. Spaces at Billy’s House are limited and Ethan’s ultimate goal is to fund another house for use by the patients and families of ward E39. From his wish to help others, The Ethan Maul “Up Yours To Cancer” foundation was born and it is through this that he hopes to raise money for the children on ward E39 at Nottingham Children’s Hospital and ultimately to fund another Billy’s House. Ethan understands that times are hard for everyone and so he wants to raise money through events where people will not only be supporting his charity but where they will also be able to enjoy a good day out.
Events already scheduled include a Fishing Match, Sky Dive, 50 mile bike ride, Casino evening, coffee mornings and much more so please keep looking out for the events on his Facebook page and on Ethan’s Twitter account @EbobsFight then let’s all get together in helping Ethan say.. "Up Yours Cancer!"
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