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Call for more Race for Life runners to help Wisbech schoolgirl

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Runners will pound the pavement and grass around a Wisbech Academy next week to raise further funds for a schoolgirl being treated for cancer and her family.

Thomas Clarkson Academy's Race for Life will take place on Thursday (June 23) with runners completing a 5K route around the school. This event has been well supported by staff, students and their families over the years with plenty of runners in fancy dress or with face paint and glitter.

But members of the community are also welcome to walk, jog or run the course around the school grounds with medals for all finishers.

Gaby Maurice is fundraising for cancer after being diagnosed with the disease. (57250437)
Gaby Maurice is fundraising for cancer after being diagnosed with the disease. (57250437)

All money raised from the event will split equally between Cancer Research UK and the school's fundraising drive to raise money for Gaby Maurice and her family.

The 14-year-old is currently undergoing chemotherapy at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and so far almost £10,000 has been raised to support this family.

Students donated £1 last month to wear their own clothes on a special #GivingForGaby fundraising day, and this was followed by a family bingo evening that raised £5,500. Other fundraising events have included cake sales and sporting events.

Gaby was diagnosed in November last year after a small bump on her cheek grew rapidly and was identified as a tumour. She has since undergone major surgery and bravely shaved her head to donate her hair to other cancer patients.

Gaby, who is a keen netball and football player, is also heading to Manchester for specialist Proton Therapy to treat cells near the margin of her eye.

Reacting to the amount raised to date ahead of next week's fundraising event, Gaby's mum, Olga, said: "On behalf of myself and my family, I would like to say a huge thank you to all of you who have worked very hard organising events and every one that has donated and supported us through this difficult time.

"Your efforts and generosity meant that we were able to solely focus on Gaby’s health and recovery without having to consider the financial implications of her cancer and allowed us to stay together as a family unit throughout all of her treatment.

"Knowing that we had the support and best wishes of you all behind us has helped us get through the toughest battle we have ever had to face and we will be forever grateful for all you have done for us."

To register for the Race for Life event visit https://forms.office.com/r/XwphSdzUsX

Children are £3 and Adults are £5 with runners welcome to arrive from 6pm for a 6.30pm start.

To further support the fundraising drive for Gaby, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/givingforgaby

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