At the age of 4, Theodore was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer and was treated on Ward 84, where he received fifteen rounds of chemo.
Arriving at The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital meant Theodore and his family were 100 miles from their home. Mum Korinne told us “I cannot express how grateful we were to receive one of your bags with all the essentials to keep Theodore comfortable during his stay.”
Theodore is now 7 and thriving, he is an active and athletic young boy and has expressed the desire to accomplish a Swim Run this year with his mum’s support.
The family live in the Lake District and there is a challenge called the Tadpole Round, which comprises of a 10km fell run and 700m open water swim across two of the lakes. Theodore has decided this is a brilliant challenge to take on for Milly’s Smiles, and a way to say thank you for their help, during such a difficult time.
The Tadpole Round covers a distance of just under under 7 miles and the route itself has a total ascent of 795ft with a maximum elevation of 937ft. The start point is at the shingle beach to the North of Hause Point and the first leg is a swim across Crummock Water to Low Ling Crag.
Next it’s along the shores of Crummock and Buttermere to Horse Close, then a swim across Buttermere to Hassness.
Finally, a run along the shore of Buttermere, through the village, up and through Rannerdale and back to the start.
We are in complete awe of Theodore and this incredible challenge. We wish him lots of luck, and look forward to hearing how he does.