An inspiring 18-year-old from Hemel Hempstead is raising money for Sarcoma UK, after being diagnosed with the rare type of cancer 6 months ago.
Ellie Cooper, 18, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in July 2021 and is currently undergoing a specialised Proton Beam Therapy alongside chemotherapy.
Ellie said: “The main reason I want to do this is that sarcoma doesn’t get much funding or awareness at all. To be honest, I hadn’t heard of it before I was diagnosed.”
The selfless teen has previously raised nearly £5,000 for charity by donating her own long locks to The Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides wigs to young people who have lost their hair. Now, Ellie wants to help others by organising charity events for Sarcoma UK.
In January, her mum, Sam Cooper, took on the challenge of walking 115 miles to kickstart the fundraising. They picked the number because it related to Manchester, which is 115km squared and a city Ellie been living in over December and January undergoing treatments. Ellie is now planning a quiz, a raffle, an auction and a sea wall painting to raise money for Sarcoma UK.
On her fundraising page, Ellie said: “The treatment I have received so far has been incredible, however, Sarcoma only receives 1 per cent of funds for research each year. This is quite a scary statistic. I want to be able to give back to places that have helped me so far.”
To donate to Ellie’s fundraising page, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ellie-cooper15
Ellie has also set up her own Facebook page called ‘Ellie’s Action’ where she posts regular updates about her journey and fundraising. You can also follow her instagram @ellies_action.