Walk the bay to raise funds for childhood cancer - The Community Leader and Real Estate New and Views

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You may remember back in the Community Leader’s August issue a story about a young local boy, Richie Walsh, who was fighting a rare childhood cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. Unfortunately, on 26th September 2021, Richie’s body could no longer take any more, and he passed away, aged nine-years-old.

Since that day Richie’s parents Karl and Lisa Walsh have vowed they will make a change. Only a small percentage of funds donated to research goes to childhood cancer, not to mention that there have only been four new drugs developed for childhood cancer in the past 20 years.

Karl and Lisa have recently donated Apple iPads to every bed on the children’s oncology ward at the Queensland Children’s hospital, and they are now in the process of setting up a new charity to fund more research into childhood cancer. They also aspire to support families affected by this devastating disease.

Richie’s Rainbow Foundation will be launching in March this year and to celebrate they will be introducing the charity with a 10km walk along the bay in Manly and Wynnum.

The walk will take place on Sunday 27th March 2022, the day before what would have been Richie’s 10th birthday.

Karl and Lisa are hoping for a huge turnout from the community, to help raise vital funds and to stop this from happening to other children.

For more details on how to donate or raise sponsorship for the walk, please visit the charity’s new website www.RichiesRainbow.com.au or to donate to the family’s ongoing iPad fundraiser visit https://gofund.me/a7cb0efa

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