Walk to help fund children’s cancer research - The Community Leader and Real Estate New and Views

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The Walsh family vowed that their warrior son and brother’s strength, courage and bravery would never be forgotten. Through Richie’s Rainbow Foundation, they aim to raise vital funds for research into cancer treatments and therapies that are kinder and more effective for children diagnosed with sarcoma. By doing this, the Walsh family hopes that all children diagnosed with sarcoma can one day be cured.

Richie Walsh was diagnosed with stage 4 embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma. He began 52 weeks of intense chemotherapy, followed by eight weeks of radiotherapy over the next 18 months. Sadly, despite all the treatment, Richie never went into remission. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on 26th September 2021. He was only nine years old.

The Wakerley family have already raised over $500,000 and donated over 100 iPads through their iPad scheme to families with children suffering from various cancers. The iPad provides much-needed entertainment and education for children, especially those under hospital care and treatment.

The charity now works with numerous doctors at the Ian Frazer Centre for Children’s Immunotherapy Research and has pledged a further $250,000 for 2024.

Richie’s Rainbow Foundation was launched in March 2022 as an official charity and has full DGR status, meaning any donation is entirely tax deductible.

This year’s fundraising walk is a 5K/10k fun walk along the bayside on Sunday 14th April, 2024. Join us and help celebrate the second birthday of the Richie’s Rainbow Foundation.

The walk starts at Lota Park at 10:30am, with registration from 9:00am. A virtual walk option is available for those unable to attend in person. To register, go to www.richiesrainbow.org.au.

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