Jamie starts run in aid of teacher

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AFUN RUN in sup­port of mu­sic teacher, Is­abel Mori­son, has raised more than £13,000 for char­ity, smash­ing the tar­get or­gan­is­ers had orig­i­nally set.

In Fe­bru­ary Mrs Mori­son, a teacher at Sa­cred Heart in Crosby, was di­ag­nosed with Grade 4 Pri­mary Glioblas­toma, the most ag­gres­sive and fastest grow­ing form of brain cancer.

Over the last six months, Mrs Mori­son has un­der­gone in­ten­sive chemo­ther­apy and ra­di­og­ra­phy and, in May, was of­fered the chance to try a pi­o­neer­ing new treat­ment.

Op­tune is a non-in­va­sive tech­nique us­ing elec­tric fields, de­liv­ered via a set of ad­he­sive patches at­tached to a skull cap that is worn 17-24 hours daily and ap­plied to a com­pletely shaved head.

The treat­ment is de­signed to help pre­vent the tu­mour from grow­ing or spread­ing quickly.

Be­cause the cancer is so ag­gres­sive and un­pre­dictable, treat­ments are limited in the UK.

Con­se­quently, Mrs Mori­son, along with hus­band Stu­art, are con­stantly re­search­ing other treat­ment op­tions.

They are con­sid­er­ing a treat­ment called Im­munother­apy, which is known to be work­ing suc­cess­fully in treat­ing some pre­vi­ously in­cur­able can­cers.

Un­for­tu­nately, this treat­ment is only avail­able pri­vately and costs more than £200,000.

How­ever, the re­al­ity is, they need to raise as much money as pos­si­ble with limited time, due to the prog­no­sis of this con­di­tion.

In July, friends and col­leagues at Sa­cred Heart or­gan­ised a fun run in the hopes of rais­ing £10,000 for Mrs Mori­son’s cho­sen char­ity, Macmil­lan Cancer Sup­port.

Two months af­ter the event, and with money still com­ing in, the amount raised has since sur­passed £13,000.

The day it­self saw hun­dreds of peo­ple turn out to take part in the 5K run and vol­un­teer their services for what was a glo­ri­ous oc­ca­sion that saw the whole com­mu­nity pull to­gether for a much-loved teacher.

The event also saw some fa­mous names in at­ten­dance, most no­tably, for­mer Liver­pool de­fender, Jamie Car­ragher.

But this was Is­abel’s day and, af­ter­wards, she posted this thank you mes­sage on her Face­book page: “The suc­cess of the day was never in doubt with the team of fab­u­lous peo­ple or­gan­is­ing but, I am truly amazed by what you pulled off.

“Sa­cred Heart Catholic Col­lege show­ing how com­mu­nity is done yet again.

“Ev­ery­one I spoke to had an amaz­ing day and that was ev­i­dent in the at­mos­phere around school.”

Mrs Mori­son will con­tinue to sup­port the work of Macmil­lan Cancer Sup­port along­side her own, ‘GoFundMe’ fundrais­ing cam­paign.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the work of Macmil­lan Cancer Sup­port, please visit www.macmil­lan.org.uk/

To make a do­na­tion please visit Mrs Mori­son’s GoFundMe page at https://uk.gofundme.com/is­abel-treat­ment-fund

Jamie Car­ragher starts the event; meets Stormtroop­ers; and shows off a tro­phy!

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