500 mile run in memory of the five years of Skye’s life
A mum of three from Oxfordshire is taking on a fundraising challenge after being inspired by young boy whose dying wish she helped come true.
Lisa Ruggles, 36, from Fringford, is running 500 miles in 2015 in memory of five year old Skye Hall who died from treatment side effects of his medulloblastoma, an aggressive and cancerous brain tumour, last August.
Lisa met Syke through her company, Ruggles Leisure, a Jacuzzi hot tub retailer. She is running 100 miles for each year of Skye’s short life to raise money for Blue Skye Thinking, the charity set up by Skye’s parents, Andrew and Sally Hall.
Sally said: “One of Skye’s last wishes was to be able to swim again but because his deterioration was unexpected and relatively quick, the charity we had approached to help us make this come true could not process his request quickly enough. I contacted some good friends in desperation to try to find a way of getting a hot tub big enough for him to do some physio, and enjoy the warmth of the water and feeling of weightlessness in an otherwise completely paralysed body. They contacted Lisa from Ruggles Leisure and between them they came over with 10 helpers the following week and installed a hot tub for Skye. He loved watching the process of installation nearly as much as going in it – laughing at the strapping men trying to lift a great big bath over our neighbour’s fence.
“Skye so very sadly only had the pleasure of the water once as he died the following day. We offered to give them the hot tub back but Lisa said she couldn’t do that to Jesse on top of losing his brother as of course he loved it too. We now go in and Jesse often says Skye has “hopped down” for a dip in the tub with him.”
The charity’s goal is to fund some of the world’s best researchers, so that all children diagnosed with brain tumors will have a better chance of survival and a better quality of life post-treatment.
Lisa said: “I met Skye and his family last year and was moved to help in anyway I could. As a mother of three children (and two step-children) I honestly couldn’t imagine the pain Andrew, Sally, Skye and Jesse were going through. When I learnt he passed away two days after we installed the hot tub, I couldn’t stop crying. Sally sent me a video of the family in the hot tub together and told me how relaxed and happy he seemed in it. I had to do something. I was so touched by Skye’s will power and words of wisdom “make the most of what you’ve got” that I decided to learn how to run and put myself through this challenge – anyone who knows me knows how much I hate exercise.
“My initial challenge was to run 500km in 2015 – 100km for each year of Skye’s short life. However, I am already over half way, so have decided to push it to 500 miles in 2015. I am running virtual races and organised races throughout the year to keep me going. Two of my friends Rob and Abi have said they will join me to keep me motivated but thinking of Skye’s happy face being in the hot tub last year is all the motivation I need.”
More than 350 children a year in the UK alone, face the devastating news that they have a brain tumour but less than one per cent of cancer funding goes towards research into brain tumours, the number one cancer killer in children and teenagers. All the money the charity raises will go into much needed research into new treatments for childhood cancer.
To support Lisa’s efforts please visit: www.justgiving.com/lisa-ruggles
Pic caption: Lisa Ruggles
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About Blue Skye Thinking
Blue Skye Thinking was set up in July 2014 by Sally and Andrew Hall from Abingdon, in response to their four-year-old son Skye being diagnosed with medulloblastoma, an aggressive and cancerous brain tumor. Its aim is to raise money to fund the world’s best researchers, so that all children diagnosed with brain tumors will have a better chance of survival and a better quality of life post-treatment. Currently, less than 1% of cancer funding goes towards research into brain tumours which is the No.1 cancer killer in children. More than 350 children a year in the UK are diagnosed with a tumour in their brain and spinal cord. http://www.blueskyethinking.com