Walk to raise funds for children’s cancer research - The Community Leader and Real Estate New and Views

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

Richie was diagnosed with stage four 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.

It is heartening to know that the Wakerley Family has already raised over $100,000 and donated numerous iPads through their iPad scheme to over 60 families. Their contribution is making a difference to the lives of children and their families who are going through similar challenges to what Richie and his family faced.

Richie’s Rainbow Foundation was launched last March and has already been voted in the top five per cent of Australia’s start-up charities for 2022.

Please join us for a 5km/10km fun walk on Sunday, 26th March 2023 and help celebrate the first birthday of Richie’s Rainbow Foundation.

To register, head to www.richiesrainbow.org.au. The walk starts from Lota Park at 10.30am, with muster at 9.00am.

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