Marathon rowing challenge in Arc shopping centre, Bury St Edmunds, part of support for six-year-old Ethan Bacon
A marathon challenge to help raise funds to support a six-year-old with a rare brain cancer set sail in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday.
James Taylor rowed 26.2 miles at the Arc shopping centre for Ethan’s Journey – in aid of six-year-old Ethan Bacon – and Children with Cancer UK, completing the feat in three hours and 17 minutes and raising £250.
Ethan was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour last June and has since undergone several operations and chemotherapy.
Most recently, he spent eight weeks in Germany for proton beam treatment and is currently awaiting an MRI scan to see if the treatment has worked and to help determine any future therapies he might need.
His father Darren, of West Row, said: “Ethan was diagnosed after he was dizzy at school. As a result he had an eye test and when they took a photograph of his eye it showed a swelling. He was rushed straight to hospital and had a CT scan, which revealed the tumour.
“It’s not been nice as a parent, but Ethan has been amazing through everything.
“Other people have also been amazing. We can’t believe what they have done for us and what they are doing for Ethan, it has been overwhelming."
Family and friends have been raising funds to support Ethan and his family through any private surgery or treatments he could need in the future.
A fund-raising coffee morning and raffle is being held at Beck Row Methodist Church on May 4 from 10am-12.30pm. Then, on May 11, ‘Team Ethan’ – made up of 11 family and friends – will complete a skydive in aid of the fund.
A crowd-funding page solely in aid of Ethan’s Journey has been set up at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ethanbacon where supporters can donate. You can also follow his story on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Ethanbaconsjourney/
Any funds raised through the crowd-funding page not needed for treatments will be donated to ward C2 at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, and Children’s Brain Tumours Research Centre.