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Teen cancer patient taking part in run for Great Ormond Street

PUBLISHED: 15:55 11 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:41 12 April 2016

Charlotte Cook suffers from a rare form of cancer originating in the lung

Charlotte Cook suffers from a rare form of cancer originating in the lung

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A fun run is being held in May to raise money for the hospital

A teenage cancer patient from Bromley is taking part in a run to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

Nineteen-year-old Charlotte Cook, of Bromley Common, is to take part in this year’s RBC Race for the Kids, which involves racing 5km around London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, on Sunday, May 15.

She is running to help raise awareness of her condition, Pleuropulmonary blastoma - a rare form of cancer that originates in the lung.

It is also a gesture of thanks to the hospital, which worked with specialists from around the world to devise a treatment plan for her.

Ms Cook said: “I still struggle a bit with my breathing, due to side-effects related to my condition, but I’m working hard to build up my stamina, and hopefully my pace too!”

A record 10,000 people are set to take part in this year’s event.

The money raised will go towards providing world-class facilities for GOSH, including space for a parent or carer to stay by their child’s bedside.

Alison Rulton, senior fundraising manager at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, said: “The RBC Race for the Kids is a very special event where we see patients, families, staff and supporters come together to help us raise vital funds for GOSH. We’re thrilled that Charlotte is taking part this year. All the money raised will help us make a real difference to seriously ill children and their families from across the UK, so we’d like to say a big thank you to Charlotte for her support.

“The RBC Race for the Kids is a fantastic family fun run, with people of all ages and abilities getting involved. It’s a great day out, with activities and entertainment for all the family. It’s not too late to sign up and join in the fun!”

To sponsor Ms Cook, visit http://events.gosh.org/site/TR?px=1154339&fr_id=1160&pg=personal

If you want to sign up for the fun run, visit www.raceforthekids.co.uk or call 020 7239 3164.

The standard registration fee is £18 for adults and £12 for children, while infants and under-fours can take part for free.

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