Nicola stopped by the Blenheim Triathlon 2015, this weekend, to wish the “Scarlett’s Dragons”, a team of 164 Oxford parents racing together to raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and support of 10-year-old Scarlett Clarkson who has leukaemia. The group has already raised £62,500.
Scarlett was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in January 2011 when she was just six years old. Unfortunately her initial chemotherapy treatment was unsuccessful and she relapsed, requiring further chemotherapy, steroids and radiotherapy. Throughout December 2013 she rarely returned home, aside from Christmas Day when she had to be rushed back to hospital at 9pm with a treatment-related infection. She will continue to receive treatment for another year.
Nicola met Scarlett’s parents, Dan and Bryony Clarkson (pictured), who will both be taking part in the triathlon this year and are hoping to raise even more money and awareness for blood cancer:
“For the first time ever at Blenheim Palace Triathlon a whole wave will be decked out in turquoise and pink and dedicated to one very special person. Friends and fellow school parents have taken to the challenge in grand style. One Dad is taking part despite having a baby due only two days after the event. Another athlete has an exam in London on the morning of the event and has hired a motorbike to deliver her to the start line on time.
“We are aiming high with our fundraising again, as this is a cause which is so close to our hearts. Having a child with cancer has a devastating impact, both for the child and their family. If we can help reach a day when no other family has to go through the pain of having their child diagnosed with leukaemia, then the pain of our training will be well worthwhile”, says Dan.
At last year’s Blenheim Palace Triathlon, the Scarlett’s Dragons team comprised of 22 dads of children at the Dragon School in Oxford – including Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood – who raised an astonishing £120,000 for the charity.
To support Scarlett’s Dragon’s please click here to visit their fundraising page.