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A Worcester leukaemia patient walks with Ian Botham
Maddi Green with Sir Ian Botham
Maddi was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2008

A ten-year-old leukaemia patient from Worcester is going on a charity walk with Sir Ian Botham.

Maddi Green will join the cricketing legend in the grounds of Croome Court, near Worcester on Monday 12 April.

The walk begins in the Worcester High Street, and goes for ten miles through the city, before ending up at Croome Court.

Sir Ian is walking through ten towns over ten days, to raise money for the charity he is president of.

Diagnosis and treatment

Maddi was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in February 2008.

Her father Jerry said: "Maddi had been feeling unwell, had lost her appetite and was looking pale - which is why our GP had asked for a blood test.

"Twenty-four hours later Maddi's diagnosis was confirmed, and in that single day, her life and the lives of everyone who loves her, changed forever."

She has lost her long brown hair three times due to chemotherapy treatments, and is due to finish her treatment in April, the same month as the charity walk.

Sign up to walk

Croome Court
The walk will start in Worcester High Street and finish at Croome Court

Sir Ian, who is president of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, says: "I never forget why I put myself through the pain and blisters, but I need people to sign up and join me on the walk, and help ensure that every child diagnosed with one of these blood cancers survives."

The charity says that in 1985 only 20% of children survived the most common form of childhood leukaemia - now 90% survive the disease.




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