Fund-raiser and Cancer Survivor Callum Brown Has Won National Award
PUBLISHED: 14:46 23 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:56 04 May 2010
WELL-known fund-raiser and cancer survivor Callum Brown has won a prestigious national award in recognition of all his hard work. Cancer Research UK named the brave teenager Young Supporter of the Year at the annual Flame of Hope Awards. Callum is just 14
WELL-known fund-raiser and cancer survivor Callum Brown has won a prestigious national award in recognition of all his hard work.
Cancer Research UK named the brave teenager Young Supporter of the Year at the annual Flame of Hope Awards.
Callum is just 14 and beat off stiff competition from across the UK to scoop the accolade.
He picked up the award last week at a special ceremony in London hosted by Cancer Research UK's chairman, David Newbigging.
The audience at the Russell Hotel in Russell Square heard how Callum first took part in Cancer Research UK's Relay for Life in 2007 before his diagnosis, to support a family friend.
He was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008, aged 13, but he was determined to take part in Relay for Life again - this time as a survivor.
Despite many gruelling treatments and operations, he stayed positive throughout and became a well-known figure in the Ely and Cambridge area as he helped promote Relay for Life.
Callum was joined by 35 family and friends at Cambridge Relay for Life in September, where he achieved his goal of completing the survivors' lap.
His two teams, the Ginger Kings and the Jaffa Cakes - a reference to the teenager's striking red hair - raised more than £8,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Callum is now in remission and has gone back to school full time.
He said: "I was very excited about the award ceremony and feel very privileged to receive the Flame of Hope award.
"When I did the relay, I was just happy to be able to give a little bit back. It's because of other volunteers and fund-raisers that my life was saved and I wanted to be able to repay them."
Proud mum Sally said: "Friday's ceremony was very moving. As a parent, I was proud to be there with my son and humbled by the dedication that so many people have shown over so many years to raising funds and awareness for Cancer Research UK. Callum is happy to be alive and I am incredibly grateful to all those who made this possible through their hard work and dedication.