Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Still Taking Big Steps to Help North Yongsters; Cancer Victim's Parents Prepare for Jingle Bell Walk 2012

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Still Taking Big Steps to Help North Yongsters; Cancer Victim's Parents Prepare for Jingle Bell Walk 2012

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FESTIVE walkers are being urged to step out and help raise vital funds for research into a rare form of cancer in memory of a Tyneside teenager. Chris Lucas, of Hadrian Park, Wallsend, North Tyneside, died of rhabdomyosarcoma in July 2000 when he was 18 years old.

His death spurred his parents to set up the Chris Lucas Trust to fund research into the disease. So far, they have collected PS1.2m.

Now members of the public are being asked to boost the coffers by taking part in a major charity event.

The Jingle Bell Walk, which started in 2005, is one of the main fundraising initiatives organised by the group annually.

Last year 400 people took part, raising around PS6,000.

Chris' mum Lynn, 54, said: "It has been 12 years since Chris died but it feels like it just happened last week. This is something you never get over.

But this fundraising work keeps us going. We are trying to keep his memory alive and do something to reduce the suffering of children. …

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