Friends run in memory of Emma

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Two Knaresborough friends are preparing to take part in the BUPA Great North Run, in memory of their friend’s daughter who lost her battle with a rare form of leukaemia.

Andrew Head, 48, and Neil Everstead, 44, are taking on the 13.1-mile run for the blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

They will be running alongside Mike Mannix, whose daughter Emma was diagnosed with pure erythroid leukaemia in June 2012, aged just 13 weeks.

Despite chemotherapy treatment, Emma tragically passed away only a few months later on October 7 2012.

Andrew said: “When the call came in from Mike to join the team we did not need asking twice.

“This is for a fabulous cause and although this is a tough challenge for us, we are confident that with our grit, determination and dedication plus plenty of public support, we will be able to complete the 13.1 miles.”

Mike added: “Running the Great North Run gives us all an opportunity to raise more money for the Emma Mannix Tribute Fund.

“We share the vision of the charity that only a 100% survival rate from blood cancer is good enough, and we are proud that donations in memory of Emma will support vital research to beat all blood cancers.”

In tribute to Emma’s resilience and positive attitude to life, Andrew, Neil and Mike will be joined by a number of friends, family and work colleagues at the Great North Run.

So far, the Emma Mannix Tribute Fund at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research has raised £17,180, and Team Emma hope to take this total to £25,000 to help beat blood cancer.

Team Emma being good company on the day as celebrities from TV shows such as Emmerdale and Coronation Street will also be running for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research as part of the TVTimes celebrity running team.

To sponsor Team Emma, please visit www.justgiving.com/teams/team-emma-mannix.