Haverhill Running Club pays tribute to two youngsters whose lives were claimed by brain tumours
Haverhill Running Club held its most recent monthly time trial in memory of a Haverhill boy who died of a brain tumour while also raising funds for a charity that provided support to him and his family.
The club dedicated the time trial on May 31 to the memory of Cayden Tickner, who died at the age of 11 on May 3 after a 14-month fight with cancer
The decision to dedicate the run to Cayden was made all the more personal for the club by the fact that his mum Carol had been the club’s captain for the 2016-17 season.
Karen Martin, running club chair, said the run also gave the club an opportunity to raise funds for the Haverhill-based charity that was closely linked to Cayden and his family.
Karen said: “Our chosen charity of the year this year is the Joshua Tarrant Trust (JTT) and as they have helped Cayden and his family during his illness it seemed fitting to dedicate May’s time trial to Cayden and ask people to ‘run for Cayden’ and to contribute to JTT.
“We had an amazing 88 runners with some guests from Saffron Striders take part and we raised £315 to put towards our fund raising total.
“We hope that this will offer a small contribution to the amazing work that the Joshua Tarrant Trust do in supporting families going through similar to Cayden and his family.”
Cayden had an extremely rare form of tumour that resisted all the treatment that was thrown at it by the medical profession.
He underwent chemotherapy, radiotherapy and twice had surgery, but all to no avail.
The cancer had also caused the former pupil at New Cangle Primary School to completely lose his sight.
Cayden died at East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice in Milton on the morning of Friday, May 3.
The Joshua Tarrant Trust bears the name of the Haverhill boy who died of a brain tumour at the age of 16 in 2012.
He had been diagnosed as terminally ill eight years before his death.
The charity was set up by Joshua’s family and holds regular fund-raising events.
It supports children who have or have had brain tumours and their families.