Yorkshireman Paul will run this year's Yorkshire Marathon to raise money for nine-year-old Paris and her family after she lost her arm to cancer.
62-year-old Yorkshireman Paul Kirk will run the 2018 Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon to raise £1000 for his close friend’s family after their nine-year-old daughter, Paris, was diagnosed with a rare form of tissue cancer.
Paris Sloan and her family's lives were turned upside down by the news of her diagnosis of Synovial Sarcoma in August 2018.
After multiple chemotherapy sessions, the decision was made to stop her treatment and to amputate Paris' arm - due to the location and complexity of the cancer.
Speaking to Run For All, Paul from Wakefield said: “Cancer is commonly associated with adults, not children, and so it has been such a shock to everyone.
“The only thing Paris asked to do before her amputation was a climbing wall because it would be something she wouldn't be able to do after the operation.
“Paris is beautiful inside and out - her smile can light up a room. She is kind, caring and one of life's joys. She is incredibly brave and has an amazing attitude toward this life changing situation.”
Paul, a proud grandfather and regular runner, will now take on his fifth Yorkshire Marathon in the hope of raising £1000 for Paris and her family.
“I feel that it is the least that I can do to try and help out the family in this difficult time. My goal is to raise £1000. We are already very close to our target and looks like we will exceed this which would be fantastic."
Fundraising is nothing new to Paul, who has previously represented the Jane Tomlinson Appeal in all of his previous four Yorkshire Marathons.
“I have always tried to raise money with my runs. My previous marathons have been to support another great Yorkshire lass – the late Jane Tomlinson.
“But this year I was told about a young girl who is the daughter of a close friend of my daughter and her story touched me deeply.
“Paris is a tough Yorkshire girl and I will be proud to run for her.”
You can support Paul’s fundraising via his Just Giving page.
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