Cycle fundraiser inspired by Sudbury teenager with cancer approaches £5,000 for C9 Unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital
The family of a boy diagnosed with cancer on his 16th birthday have lauded the “phenomenal” support they have received, as a friend’s fundraiser approaches £5,000 for the hospital ward where he has been treated.
Freddy Osborn, from Sudbury, received a shock diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma – a type of blood cancer – shortly after completing his GCSEs this summer.
The teenager recently completed his last round of chemotherapy at the C9 Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, and his parents, Sonya and Oz, say they are hopeful he is now in remission.
Their plight inspired family friend Dave Wallace to complete the Welsh Dragon Ride, a 157-kilometre cycling challenge, at the end of September.
So far, his efforts have received more than £4,900 in support of the C9 unit.
Mrs Osborn, Freddy’s mum, said: “Dave has done amazing and raised a lot of money for the unit. The unit and the staff there have been phenomenal and we couldn’t ask for better care.
“Freddy has been quite poorly at times, but having Dave do the ride has kept him focused. The staff go above and beyond and the money will make a massive difference to the teenagers on the ward.”
Mr Wallace, from Halstead, finished the Dragon Ride in seven hours and 56 minutes.
Having set an initial target of £750, he said he never expected such strong support.
“I spoke to Sonya and Oz the day before the ride and they were very inspirational, and when I spoke to them after the event, they were really over the moon,” he said.
“I was not sure what to expect, having never rode that area before, but the event itself was really well organised and the scenery was fantastic.
“We had most types of weather during the day, and we had some really tough climbs, but it was a really enjoyable event.
“I’m hoping, fingers crossed, we will push through the £5,000 barrier, which would be absolutely fantastic and really help the C9 unit at Addenbrooke’s.”
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