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Winners 2014

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Seb Whatton

Outstanding Bravery

Seb Whatton

Seb, aged 4 from Sutton Coldfield, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) on Sunday 24 March 2013. He has undergone many rounds of chemo and is looking forward to the end of his treatment. Seb and his parents have been fund raising for Birmingham Children's Hospital and Seb is the new face of the hospital's Big Bandage appeal. He has launched a £100,000 fundraising drive towards a £4 million cancer centre.

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Eve Seville-Edden

Fundraiser

Eve Seville-Edden

Eve has been helping to raise funds for Mercia Therapy Centre in Coventry since she was about 5 years old. She is now 12. Eve attends pretty much all of the Centre's fundraising events, she sells raffle tickets, helps run tombolas, spends hours wrapping things up for lucky dips, spends 6 evenings every Christmas singing in supermarkets to raise money, takes part in 3 sponsored walks a year, and does nail art, henna tattoos and glitter tattoos to raise money at fetes. Over the years Eve has raised thousands of pounds for the charity. She never expects anything in return.

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Ffion Rudman

Special Recognition

Ffion Rudman

In January 2013 aged 2 years Ffion contracted streptococcus A and sepsis resulting in a lengthy stay at Birmingham Children's Hospital and a lot of plastic surgery to try and save her left leg due to the sepsis damage and a bone infection. She also lost sight to her right eye at this time. Despite the fortitude she has shown all Ffion has wanted in the last 18 months is to run and jump and last week she had her left foot removed due to extensive damage. She has amazed everyone with the way she has coped and is looking forward to starting school and getting her new foot. A true inspiration to all who meet her.

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Oliver Harrison

Sporting Achievement

Oliver Harrison

Oliver had a heart transplant 14 months ago, this after having five previous open heart surgeries, and is still on medication to prevent his body from rejecting his new heart, which is an ongoing situation. He is an extremely keen footballer, and an avid Liverpool supporter and plays as often as he can both at school and at home. He has also taken up Ballet, which has helped him increase his fitness over the past year. In July he took part in the UK Transplant Games, merely a year after his transplant and ran in the 60 metres race. He also carried the placard for the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle where he had his transplant.

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Daniel Boyd

The Courage Award

Daniel Boyd

Daniel was involved in an accident in the Summer of 2013 when he was riding his bicycle and was hit by a motor cycle. He sustained massive injuries to his head and body. He has had to endure many operations and has spent almost a year in hospital and rehabilitation. In the last couple of months he has returned home to his family after his home had been adapted for him. He has an element of permanent brain injury and is in the process of learning to live a 'normal life'. It has taken a great deal of courage both from Daniel and his family for him to do just the simplest of things. However, he is making huge progress and was 16 this year - he left school in July and through his own commitment and courage was able to attend both the leavers ball (albeit for a short period of time) and also the leavers assembly which was lovely both for him and for the rest of the school.

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Ryan Stefaniak

Outstanding Bravery

Ryan Stefaniak

Ryan was diagnosed with Leukaemia last July and despite his horrendous journey, he has managed to complete his core GCSEs and passed each of them. He is an incredible example of a brave individual, who in the face of adversity, continued to balance his treatment and studies.

The college he attends managed to raise £1000 for Teenage Cancer Trust with a huge help from Ryan.

He continues to raise money for the charity that has supported him over the past year.

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Jack Zuliani

Fundraiser

Jack Zuliani

In November 2003 Jack was 7 years old and was at the Dassett Primary School. Jack was playing a game of British bulldog when he collided with a goalpost, this left him temporarily paralysed. Fearing permanent serious injury, The Air Ambulance was prompt to arrive at the scene taking him to Warwick hospital in a matter of minutes. Fortunately he was left with only bruising to his back and also a serious respect for an amazing service.

In April this year just after his 18th Birthday, Jack completed the London Marathon in aid of the Warwickshire and Northants Air Ambulance and raised over £2500! He completed it in an amazing time of 3 hours 16 minutes and was one of this years youngest competitors! Everyone at Jack's school, Kineton High is extremely proud of him and his ability to manage the huge task of running the Marathon and also completing his A Levels at the same time (he has just been accepted at Bath University to study Maths!)

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Ewan Smith

Special Recognition

Ewan Smith

Ewan is a 16 year old young man who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at an early age. In 2012 he underwent a double lung transplant due to severe lung disease caused by Cystic Fibrosis. Ewan's health started to deteriorate when he was 11 years old and resulted in a number of prolonged hospital admissions, including being transferred to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit prior to transplantation. Ewan spent 7 months in hospital prior to transplant, 2 months post transplant in hospital and missed an entire school year. Despite the severity of his condition, Ewan had showed great tenacity to attend school whenever he was able, and would push himself more than anyone expected him to do. He also engaged well with home tutoring that was provided by the school during his recuperation.

Post-transplant, Ewan feels that he has now got a second chance at life as he has seen a great improvement in his health, and he is able to do things that previously would have left him extremely breathless and feeling as though he had run a marathon. Ewan has taken on new challenges such as learning to ski and a fund-raising zip wire across the River Tyne. Ewan will have to take medication for the rest of his life including immunosuppressants to protect his new lungs and will be assessed on a regular basis by the Adult Cystic Fibrosis team at The North West Midlands Cystic Fibrosis Centre and The Institute of Transplantation at The Freeman Hospital.

As a result of Ewan's tenacity and determination, he has completed his GCSEs this year and has achieved six C grades and 3 D grades. The school have described Ewan as an inspiration and recognised his commitment to his education, even when he was unwell.

Ewan has gone on to compete in the British Transplant Games in Bolton this summer, where he won 4 bronze medals in swimming and bowling. He competed in a relay event where his team was made up of people who had had heart or lung transplants. Ewan is also raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle-upon-Tyne (who carried out the procedure).

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Kian Saville

Sporting Achievement

Kian Saville

Despite Kian having a brain tumour removed less than 6 months ago and also being visually impaired he regularly attends his swimming sessions 3 evenings per week.

As well as his training, Kian also swims for the Disability League. In March this year, Kian swam at the National British Blind Sport event and did remarkably well winning 3 Golds, 1 silver and a Bronze medal. Kian won the 2013 Disability Sports Achiever of the Year Award at the Daventry District Sports Awards as well as being nominated by his peers and staff for a special recognition award at school in light of his performance at the National School Games. Kian has rightly been recognised by those who know him and who on a daily basis see his determination, courage and infectious personality shine through, even in the most difficult of times. He is an inspiration to all that have the fortune of meeting him, raising aspirations and reminding us that when life hits hard, its better to hit it back than to give in.

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Brooke Evans

The Midlands Foundation Hero Award

Brooke Evans

18 year-old Brooke Evans is from Redditch and has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. In August 2013 she started having stomach cramps on a regular basis and visited A & E. Brooke then developed a persistent cough and eventually had a blood test which led to further tests revealing her illness. The family were devastated and due to move house and the contracts were all signed and sealed but the sale could not go through. Brooke was offered a place on a drug trial made possible by funds raised by Cure Leukaemia. Being ill has made her realize all the things she used to take for granted. She has finished her latest period of chemotherapy treatment her hair will grow back. She wants to look forward now, to taking her Year 13 exams and start thinking about university.

Brooke is also keen to promote the work of Cure Leukaemia and has fundraised tirelessly to help other young people in her situation. She has helped raise nearly £5,000 a figure that will be worth £50,000 in potentially life-saving drugs for patients across the region.

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Joseph Lockington

Stephen Sutton Award

Joseph Lockington

Joseph suffered a spinal stroke just over 2 years ago at the age of 14. He is now on a ventilator and paralysed from the neck down. He has gone on to sit GCSE's and has now been accepted at sixth form college with a view to obtaining a place at university. With the support and help from his family and friends he leads as normal a life as he can and attends musical festivals and social events. He is an inspiration with the way he has coped with his disability.

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