Please welcome our Official EMF 5K Starters – Danny and Alfie Byrne!
Andy and Jennifer Gill set up childhood cancer charity, LoveOliver, in memory of their first son, Oliver. He was born with a very rare and aggressive form of cancer, and despite continuing to thrive and smile his way through intensive chemotherapy, passed away peacefully at home on Christmas Day 2010, aged just 24 weeks. Their lives were totally changed forever and they set up LoveOliver to fund research into childhood cancer and provide practical support to families affected by it at the Edinburgh and Glasgow Royal Hospitals for Sick Children. So far it has raised over £322,000 thanks to many generous donations and fundraising efforts.
Unfortunately, Andy and Jennifer weren’t available on Saturday to start the race, and send their apologies, but are delighted to have Alfie Byrne represent them along with his dad, Danny, who is LoveOliver’s Charity Champion. Alfie’s little sister Evie battled the same type of cancer as Oliver, and sadly passed away in May 2013 when she was just 2 years old. She has left a bright sparkly mark on the world, and her family are now wonderful friends and supporters of LoveOliver.
Oliver and Evie would both have turned 5 in the last year, and so it is very fitting for Alfie to be starting the 5K in loving memory of two beautiful and inspirational little lives.
Please look out for those running the marathon, half marathon and relay marathon for LoveOliver to cheer them on. You can find out more about LoveOliver at www.loveoliver.org.uk
Alfie is running the 1.5K with his school – not for LoveOliver, and having run the marathon for LoveOliver last year, Danny will just be supporting this year….. they will both be wearing LoveOliver tops to start the 5K.
Best of luck to all of the Love Oliver runners taking part across the weekend!