Brave teenager takes on fun run for charity

Shannon Danby, now 15, had leukaemia four years ago. After undergoing chemotherapy she was treated to a visit to Lapland thanks to MAKE A WISH charity. Shannon is now recovered and is doing the Upton FunRun to raise money for the charity .'Pictured: Shannon(centre) with L/R: Courtney Easton, Evonne Thorpe, Kieran Danby, Chantelle Danby, Shauna Danby.
Shannon Danby, now 15, had leukaemia four years ago. After undergoing chemotherapy she was treated to a visit to Lapland thanks to MAKE A WISH charity. Shannon is now recovered and is doing the Upton FunRun to raise money for the charity .'Pictured: Shannon(centre) with L/R: Courtney Easton, Evonne Thorpe, Kieran Danby, Chantelle Danby, Shauna Danby.

A TEENAGER who battled leukaemia four years ago is taking on the Upton Fun Run to raise cash for a charity that is close to her heart.

Shannon Danby, 15, will be running in the four-mile event on Sunday, May 20, to raise money for Wish Upon A Star, which arranged for a special daytrip to Lapland after she finished her treatment.

Shannon, of Cross Street, Upton, will be joined by her brother Kieran, eight, sisters Shauna, 11, and Chantelle, six, cousin Courtney Easton, eight and her auntie Evonne Thorpe.

The Minsthorpe Community College student was diagnosed with leukaemia in May 2008, when she was just 11 years old.

She underwent five bouts of intense and gruelling chemotherapy and had to endure several blood and platelet transfusions.

She was forced to miss the end of her last year at Upton Primary School - including her prom - and the start of her first year at Minsthorpe due to the illness.

Shannon has now recovered from leukemia and was keen to give something back to the Wish Upon a Star charity.

She has been collecting sponsorship along with her brother, sisters and cousin and they have been given buckets from the charity to collect donations on the day.

Dad Eric Danby said: “When Shannon had finished her treatment she was given a chance to go to Lapland for the day by the Make a Wish charity. It was a lovely trip, a real pick me up. Shannon just wanted to give something back.

“She got the idea to sign up for the fun run from my sister-in-law’s bloke, who is very into running and football.

“Our other children wanted to join in as well and then her cousin said she would do it too. They have all been collecting sponsors from family and friends.”

The Upton Fun Run will set off from the Brookside Working Men’s Club, Tom Wood Ash Lane, at 10am.

Entry is £1 in advance and £2 on the day. Under eights must be accompanied by an adult. Every entrant will receive a medal at the end of the race.

There will also be a children’s disco held at the Brookside WMC following the event.

To sign up, call Christine Elkin on 01977 647079.