Aidan Campbell-Doherty, a third year sports science student, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia while at St Mary’s University in Twickenham. Despite receiving this devastating news, Aidan has thrown himself into a year long fundraising campaign called Team Aidan – it will ALL be ok #CancerCrew. His aim is to raise £10,000, with £5,000 going to CLIC Sargent.
Aidan was told that he would need to take at least a year out of university and may never be able to play his favourite sports again. Giving up his passion for sport, including his love for Gaelic football, came as a huge blow.
A long way from home
Originally from Dublin, Aidan’s family had to travel many miles from home to be by his side. Thankfully they had family to stay with who were close by, but the added cost of travel and food for the entire family had a huge impact.
Despite the sad news, Aidan remained extremely positive and is an inspiration to young people affected by cancer. He has thrown himself into a year long fundraising campaign named Team Aidan – it will ALL be ok #CancerCrew. During his year out of university, Aidan is aiming to raise £10,000 with £5,000 going to CLIC Sargent.
Aidan's cancer crew
Friends, family, students and staff at St Mary’s University have so far organised a pub quiz, a pub night fundraiser, have been sponsored to take part in runs such as the Ealing Half Marathon and have recently come together to participate in the #CancerCrew’s run to Dublin challenge.
Over 350 students and staff took on the impressive challenge and ran the distance from Twickenham to Aidan’s home in Ireland. In total they managed 1,900 laps which equates to around 475 miles and they have so far raised over £1,900 for CLIC Sargent.
Aidan said: “It’s not an easy road going through chemo and all that goes with it, but it’s things like this and knowing that we are doing something brilliant to help the lives of so many young people fighting their own battle, that makes the journey a lot easier for me.”
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Verity Gallagher said: “What Aidan has set out to achieve over the next year and what he has done so far is truly inspiring.
“His positivity and ambition has encouraged many of those close to him to support other young people going through this difficult time.
“CLIC Sargent was able to provide Aidan with our £170 grant, which helped pay for Aidan’s flight home.
“A cancer diagnoses can have a huge financial impact on young people and their families, this may include things like hospital parking or household bills.
“With the help of Aidan and his supporters, we can continue our work in supporting more children and young people with cancer, and their families, and can help ease that financial impact a cancer diagnoses has."
To see how you can help us to make a change to the costs of cancer, see our recent Cancer Costs report.
To support Aidan with his fundraising and hear more about his story, visit his official JustGiving page.