North Yorkshire Boxer Donates Winnings To Childhood Cancer Charity
6:01am 23rd November 2013
A boxer from Armley, Leeds is donating his wage from his first fight to a children’s cancer charity.
Twenty eight year old Steven Mennell who has only recently turned pro, is donating £1000 to the Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance (NCCA UK) in memory of local boy Jamie Inglis, who sadly died from neuroblastoma earlier this year.
Steven who works as a fitness instructor and personal trainer has had experience of cancer in his own family, after his mum was diagnosed with Leukaemia when Steven was just a child. Thankfully, she is now in remission but the story of seven year old Jamie Inglis from York inspired Steven to do something positive.
“I know how devastating cancer can be and after seeing Jamie’s story in the press I really wanted to be able to make a difference one way or another. I will be donating my wage from my first professional fight and there will be a collection box present on the night as well. I urge everyone to come down and support me and the NCCA UK in the fight against neuroblastoma. All money raised will go towards support for parents and research into neuroblastoma.”
Neuroblastoma is an aggressive childhood cancer and the most common cancer diagnosed in children under five years old. In most cases it is only diagnosed when it has already progressed to a late “high risk” stage. When children cannot get onto a UK trial the NCCA UK support them to access treatment abroad. Even when children are tested clear of high risk neuroblastoma after NHS treatment, 60% of children will relapse. In the case of relapse there are limited treatment options.
Jamie’s mother, Vicky comments: “I think it’s fantastic that Steven is donating his wage from his first professional fight. After Jamie’s death we pledged to continue our fight against neuroblastoma to help other families affected by the disease and to try and ensure that others do not have to experience what Jamie went through.”
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