Emily's Elephants run for CLIC Sargent

Every month we celebrate our running stars. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month so the CLIC Sargent Running team is going gold and bringing you a supersized version of our star of the month celebration. Every week in September we will be awarding our gold stars in honour of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and celebrating how amazing our supporters, runners, volunteers and fundraisers are.

This week’s gold star runners are Emily’s Elephants …

Emily's Elephants run for CLIC Sargent

Scott Nelson is leading a team of 90 friends in the Great Scottish Run to raise funds for CLIC Sargent and Yorkhill Children’s Charity in memory of his daughter Emily, who died suddenly from cancer in August 2013, when she was two years old.

Scott explains why he's taking part in the Great Scottish Run to support children and young people with cancer and their families.

“Emily was the most perfect daughter and sister, she was always so happy, affectionate, full of fun and a total joy to everyone that knew her.  Emily loved singing, dancing, playing with her big sister Hannah and watching Peppa Pig.”

“Our perfect family life was torn apart on 29 August 2013 when Emily collapsed and died suddenly.  Emily's post mortem revealed that she had stage 4 Hepatoblastoma (liver cancer) which had spread to her lung. This has left our family heartbroken.”

“Along with friends and family we are taking part in the Great Scottish Run, half marathon and 10K, on Sunday 5 October raising money for CLIC Sargent and Yorkhill Hospital. Two amazing charities that are helping sick children.”

“Our team name is Emily's Elephants. Emily never went anywhere without Dumbo, her comfort blanket and Emily loved Peppa Pig so much that she called herself one of the characters - Emily Elephant.”

“To fundraise we held a family fun day in June which was fantastically attended by family, friends and local people in our community. There were cake stalls, face painting, raffles, a bouncy castle, children’s DJ and lots more arranged to make sure everyone had a good day. Emily would have loved the bouncy castle and especially the cakes. We raised over £4,000 on the day, way more than we could have imagined and raised a further £1,700 at a psychic night in August. We are really grateful for all the help we have received and it's really appreciated.”

So far Emily’s Elephants have raised over £15,000 for CLIC Sargent and Yorkhill Children’s Charity, an incredible amount that will do so much to help support other families of children and young people affected by cancer.

Thanks to everyone who is part of the Emily’s Elephants team – you’re all stars!

Go gold this September

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the UK and in many other countries around the world.

CLIC Sargent is using this month to raise awareness of the impact of childhood cancer and of our work supporting young cancer patients and their families.

Find out more about how you can go gold this September.

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For more information about the Great Scottish Run or similar running events, please contact our award winning Running Events Team on 0845 602 4770 or email: run@clicsargent.org.uk.