By Leah Conway
A local family is fighting to raise money and awareness as they fight against a rare form of children’s cancer called Neuroblastoma. Six-year-old Eden was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma in April 2021, it is a rare form of cancer that affects fewer than 100 children each year, but treatment for it is not available in the UK.
To help fight against it, Eden’s family has rallied the supportive community of Eden’s Army. They aim to raise the £280,000 needed to fund the Neuroblastoma treatment in the US.
A Facebook Group is dedicated to Eden’s Army with over 1.5k members, which shares ways to support and updates on donation schemes.
Ways Eden’s Army is raising money
Currently, Eden’s Army has raised £12,102 raised of £280,000. In the effort to raise funds, there are various ways people can support Eden and Eden’s family.
Wristbands: Eden’s Army is selling wristbands, which you can order a wristband with a donation. So far, they have been very popular, spreading over the UK. Wristbands have made it as far as Sussex, Lake District, Darlington, Scarborough, Northallerton. There has even been interest from someone in the US! To spread awareness, they are asking people with an Eden’s Army band to take a photo and share where in the UK they are supporting Eden from.
Lick Dairy-Free Ice Cream has dedicated an ice cream to Eden’s cause – the Eden Pink Choc Ice cream – which with every scoop donates to Eden’s cause.
Go Fund Me: The main donation page is run through Go Fund Me, which provides a space for donations and regular updates on Eden.
Gardens of Eden’s Walking Tour
This February, on Saturday 12, Eden’s Army is hosting the Garden of Eden walking event. The even has traced out a route over 22 miles starting and finishing at Scholes, West Yorkshire. The 22 miles is split into seven stages, each stage ending in a local park or gardens.
Walkers can try to complete the whole journey themselves, but it’s not an obligation. Teams of up to five walkers can register, each taking some of the stages while the others rest.
The event has found a sponsor in Newlay Readymix Ltd. There will be t-shirts and hoodies for the event.
To help out in the Garden of Eden walk, there is a registration fee of £10 per walker, which will get a pink event t-shirt. An additional £5 will get the walker a hoodie.
Each team of five is challenged to raise £100 each. On the day, walkers will sign in at Scholes CC between 8.15 am and 8.45 am to begin at 9 am. There will also be a lunch break at John Smiths Stadium.
So far, there are 138 people registered, 22 walking teams and 13 marshals.
Follow Eden’s Journey
You can keep up to date and support Eden and Eden’s Army through their social pages:
Twitter – @Edens_Army_
Instagram – @edens_army_
Facebook – Eden’s fight against cancer – Eden’s Army
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