Run for sick kids

SPORTING Legends, Sale,  is hoping to create an annual tradition, when it holds a fun run next month to benefit local sick children Memphis Killoran and Bella Hocken.

Sporting Legends manager Casey Dimarco said the organisation hoped the fun run would become an annual event to raise funds for sick children in Wellington Shire.

On Sunday, August 25, there will be a fun run and walk in Sale, where people will pre-register for either a 5km run walk at $20 per entry or a 10km run at $30 per entry.

Memphis and Bella are facing big health challenges which are placing financial pressures on their families.

Memphis was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cerebral palsy and will travel to the United States next month for intensive therapy. 

 Treatment and equipment costs have put a huge financial strain on his parents, Kallan and Jemma, who have exhausted the limited funding avenues available.

 Bella Hocken of Maffra, three-year-old daughter to Keegan Hocken and Casey McQuillen, was diagnosed with a childhood cancer on May 22.

Bella’s family has had to relocate to Melbourne for a minimum of 43 weeks for her to receive chemotherapy and radiation.

 The fun run will help raise money to help the family financially and allow them all to remain together in Melbourne, along with assisting the cost of any ongoing treatment Bella will require.

Ms Dimarco urged local businesses to get behind the fun run, with sponsorship packages available. 

“All funds raised are going directly to local children whose families are having to change their lives dramatically.

“We are hoping to raise $15,000 for each family.

“By next week people will be able to register; they can either call in here (to Sporting Legends), visit our website or visit many of the local businesses in Sale and Maffra.”

For more about the fun run, Memphis and Bella, see Friday’s Gippsland Times.