Every month the CLIC Sargent Running team celebrates the successes of our amazing runners and supporters by choosing our Star of the Month. This month’s star is eight-year-old Jack, from Gateshead in Tyne and Wear, who took on the junior Great North Run.
Jack was diagnosed with a low grade glioma on his optic nerve when he was just four months old, where he has since been supported by the wonderful CLIC Sargent team at the RVI in Newcastle.
As a result of his condition he is registered blind, and has subsequently learnt braille and is learning to use a long cane. Jack has a very active and busy life, loves to travel the region by bus and metro and is currently learning to swim. He is also a member of a trampoline club and has even won a couple of medals in trampolining competitions!
Despite undergoing treatment from a young age this has not stopped Jack from putting his absolute all in to fundraising for CLIC Sargent and raising a phenomenal amount for the charity!
Over the past year he has raised an incredible total of £3,235 through putting on two tombolas, one in the Galleries shopping centre in Washington and the other in Barclays, as well as taking on the junior Great North Run.
Jack says that he likes to do the fundraising events as he wants to help the poorly children, loves meeting new people and has made lots of new friends. He also thinks that he is one of the luckiest boys in the world as he gets to do lots of fun things and meet lots of people!
Junior Great North Run
This September Jack took part in the Junior Great North Run with his younger cousin Emma, who also loved raising money for CLIC Sargent.
Despite breaking his toe before the race, this did not put off determined Jack who even managed to get sponsorship money from his doctor!
Between them Jack and Emma have raised an incredible £1,266 from the run and both had an amazing time.
Jack has clearly caught the running bug and has decided to sign up for the run for CLIC Sargent again next year.
Find out more
Places in the Junior Great North Run are now open. You can sign up children between the ages of nine-16 through the event organiser's website, and then choose to raise money for CLIC Sargent.
As an adult, you can sign up now for a CLIC Sargent charity place in the regular Great North Run.