The family of a boy who died of leukaemia aged only 14 are organising their third sponsored walk in his name and hoping to reach their £100K target for research into treatment.
Angus Rowland, who lived in Staplefield and went to St Paul’s Catholic College in Burgess Hill, was 13 when he was diagnosed in October 2010. He died less than two years later in May 2012.
In the last 26 months his family, friends and former schoolmates have raised more than £98,000 for the Angus Rowland ForgetMeNot Fund, which is linked into the charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research to find treatments for the disease.
Angus’s parent, Elizabeth and Jonathan, now hope the third Angus Rowland Walk in Staplefield on Sunday October 6 will enable them to reach their £100,000 target in memory of their son.
Elizabeth said the importance of finding treatments for teenagers was highlighted again with the death recently of Digby Davidson, the 15-year-old from Haywards Heath, who also fought a brave battle against leukaemia.
Angus suffered from Acute Myeloid leukaemia (AML) and the disease was resistant to all treatments he endured including four courses of chemotherapy.
Elizabeth said: “He bore it all bravely seeing friends and playing his guitar until he died in May 2012, aged 14.”
She added: “We are hoping that the walk will help us reach our £100K target which would be amazing.”
The event on October 6 will feature two local walks - a 6.5 mile route on muddy, rural footpaths, or a one mile walk mainly on roads. Both routes will be fully signed with refreshment stops along the way. Registration will start at 9am at Staplefield Village Hall.
Runners will also be taking part and registering from 10am and following the same 6.5 mile route as the walkers.
Elizabeth and Jonathan are asking for a £10 donation for each walker aged over 14 and £5 for under 14. People can just turn up on the day or register online at www.leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk and search Angus Rowland on the website.
Elizabeth said: “Last year it was a great success with 400 people raising over £4,500 and we would be thrilled if we could achieve a similar outcome this time. We are hoping that as many who walked last year will come along again.”