Being diagnosed with leukaemia would be enough to slow anyone down, but not five year old Carter Chatting from Lichfield.
After being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in January 2016, Carter and his family set about raising funds for the Oncology Unit at Birmingham’s Children Hospital, where he has to attend regularly for treatments.
That meant signing up for IRONKIDS Staffordshire in 2016, completing the course on his father Matthew’s shoulders and raising nearly £4,500.
On 17 June this year he’s hoping to go one better–along with nearly 40 of his friends–and walk some of the way himself.
And Carter’s family is encouraging other children and young people to sign up for IRONKIDS, whether it’s to raise money for a charity, or to challenge themselves.
Carter’s mum Lucy said:
“Carter had a really great time at IRONKIDS Staffordshire last time, and we raised lots of money for the oncology unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. It was definitely one of his favourite events of last year, so he’s excited to be able to do it again with so many of his friends.
“All the children absolutely loved the experience last year – IRONKIDS has such a great atmosphere, so they’re all really excited about taking on the challenge again.
“This year, Carter’s hoping he’ll be able to walk some of the course, but obviously that depends on how he’s feeling on the day.
“Whatever happens, we know he and his friends will be enjoying a really special day, and we’d encourage other children to take part too. If Carter can do it, everyone can.”
Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, said:
“Carter is truly an inspiration to everyone taking part in IRONMAN. I hope he and his friends have a fantastic day, and I know people will be cheering him all the way on June 17.
IRONKIDS is always a brilliant event, which grows in popularity each year. If you are a parent, and have a child aged between 3 and 14, why not sign them up. It’s a chance to take part in a great sporting challenge and who knows, it could be the making of our future IRONMAN athletes.”
Lisa Dent, IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire Race Director, said:
“We always talk about the inspirational IRONMAN athletes and what they achieve. What Carter has achieved goes beyond what most of us can comprehend. He is truly an inspiration and embodies the spirit of IRONMAN, never giving up and showing us that anything is possible. We look forward to cheering him over the finish line.”
“IRONKIDS is an amazing event and such a great way for the kids to be part of the IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire weekend. It’s all about fun and participation and we encourage parents to enter their kids and let them enjoy being part of the festivities.”
IRONKIDS takes place on Saturday 17 June and is open to children aged 3-14. To enter IRONKIDS, parents or guardians need to complete an entry form at http://www.ironkids.co.uk The entry fee is £14 per child.
Carter’s JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/carterthebrave