Take on the Lagan Zipline this summer so a local charity can help children take on an even bigger challenge – cancer.
Cancer Fund for Children is daring you to take on the challenge of leaping off a 140ft platform and zipping across the Lagan at speeds of up to 40mph on June 7 and 8.
By taking part, participants will be helping the charity provide ward support for the young cancer patients at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. This is a vital service that not only helps children make sense of their situation but also alleviates the loneliness and fear they often feel when staying in hospital.
One mother, whose child has used the charity’s services, explains why people should conquer their own fear and do the zipline.
Karen Johnston’s little girl Alexandra was just 12 years-old when she was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma – a rare disease in which cancer cells are found in the bones or soft tissue.
Karen who is from Derry/Londonderry said: “When she was going through chemotherapy and her stem cell transplant Alexandra was kept in isolation for weeks to avoid picking up an infection. It was an extremely lonely and hard time. One of the charity’s Specialists came out to visit her twice a week in the ward which helped a lot. It allowed her to socialise with someone else as she was only having contact with her dad and I. It gave her the chance to discuss any worries or fears and really gave her a boost. The Specialist also came out to our house to work with her when she got out of hospital.
“We also got the chance to take a free therapeutic short break which allowed us to all be together as a family and relax for the first time in ages. We really needed that time away. I’d encourage anyone to raise funds for this amazing charity so more families can benefit from the vital support we were given.”
Cancer Fund for Children’s Natasha Walsh added: “Doing a zipline might be a scary thought but we are so fortunate to be in the position to be able to make that choice. Please make that choice today and help make a difference to a young person’s life. Every £100 raised through this zipline challenge will enable us to provide a week’s worth of ward support.”