AN, 11, who ran every day for a month to support his young cousin raised over £ 1,500.
Luke Campbell has run a mile in his hometown of Torpoint each day in May to raise money for the Tuberous Sclerosis Association (TSA) and has so far grossed £ 1,515, having started with a goal of just £ 300.
Luke’s cousin Harvey, six, was diagnosed with Tuberous Sclerosis of Bourneville (TSC) when he was very young. The rare genetic disease affects all parts of the body, causing non-cancerous tumors to grow on vital organs such as the kidneys, lungs, liver and skin, and in the brain; it also leads to epilepsy and other disorders.
Luke is very good friends with his cousin Harvey, who lives in Lanivet, and so earlier this year he decided he wanted to raise funds for the organization, the Tuberous Sclerosis Association, which supports families affected by the disease.
He said: “I run to raise awareness of TSC and raise funds for the association, and in particular for my little cousin Harvey who suffers from TSC and epilepsy. It is also for every family and person living with TSC.
“I want to raise as much money as possible for my little cousin to raise awareness. Harvey mainly suffers from epilepsy and seizures every day. He is such a happy and loving boy.
“I feel very passionate about it. The money raised will be used to help families with children or adults living with this disease. “
Luke ran every day in May, rain or shine – and it rained a lot! said his proud grandmother Sharon.
But as Luke prepared for his last mile on Bank Holiday Monday, the sun was shining, residents came to cheer him on and his friends from Carbeile School also ran alongside him. Torpoint Mayor Rachel Evans was there to congratulate him on the finish line.
As Luke descended the home stretch, his little cousin Harvey was also running alongside him, proudly waving his TSA flag.
“The day was a total success! Sharon said. “Luke was very emotional when he was done, he just couldn’t believe how many people came out to support him. Overall a great day, lots of tears of joy and proud hearts.