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Canter for a Cure

2151. Dylan Ward

Dylan Ward, aged 8, from Cambridgeshire, is an aspiring equestrian who was diagnosed last year with Ewings Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer that has left him disabled.

Although Dylan is undergoing treatment, his condition has resulted in some severe lifelong disabilities, and he was initially advised that it was unlikely he would be able to ride again. Despite this, Dylan has just qualified as a disabled rider and is fundraising for cancer charities. Inspired by his bravery and positivity, Dylan’s mum, Jess, started the ‘#bemoredylan’ campaign, through which they have been raising awareness of Ewings Saroma within the equestrian community while also encouraging others to live more bravely. Dylan shares his story on social media to help spread awareness of childhood cancer, including symptoms, unknown facts and other issues, to help others that may be in a similar situation.  

To coincide with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Dylan has been undertaking a ‘Canter for a Cure’ challenge, with over £34,000 raised for the ‘Bone Cancer Research Trust’.

In a personal letter to Dylan, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said: 

“I was inspired by your courage to keep riding despite your diagnosis with Ewing Sarcoma and by your determination to support other children also going through treatment.

“You have done so much to raise awareness of childhood cancer and you have inspired so many people to support charities that are helping others.

“So I agree with your Mum. I think we should all #bemoredylan.”

Congratulating Dylan on his award, Jonathan Djanogly, MP for Huntingdon, said: 

“Dylan’s resilience in the face of adversity is remarkable – and thoroughly deserving of this Points of Light award.  His #bemoredylan campaign is one we should all take note of, and I commend Dylan for his fantastic fundraising efforts to date.”

Dylan said:

“I’m so excited that the Prime Minister has awarded me this and I’m so excited for a certificate and letter from him! I just want to help people know all about childhood cancer so what happened to me doesn’t happen to anyone else.”

Dylan’s mother, Jessica Flack, said:

“Every day is an honour to be a mother to such a courageous and committed child but to know he has been recognised for all his hard work and inspirational attitude makes me the proudest parent on the planet.”

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