A TERMINALLY-ILL youngster could be the guest of honour during a male-focused charity drive aimed at helping to combat cancer.
If he is well enough, Hartlepool boy Dan Sullivan, who was diagnosed with an aggressive and rare blood disorder last year, will be pushed in his wheelchair during the Miles for Men event which takes place at noon tomorrow.
The seven-year-old, who has myeloid leukaemia, would be pushed by his dad, Gary, 46, while brothers, Luke, 21, twins Carl and Lewis, 17, and 15-year-old Conor will be joining in.
Carl has even given up his V Festival ticket to take part, while his uncle Martin Brown would be running in the event, which is taking place along Seaton Carew front in a bid to raise £10,000 for Cancer Research UK and hopes to attract at least 700 men.
If he is up to it, Dan could even be running a stall selling transferrable tattoos on the day, which dad Gary, company director of Platform Lift Solutions, says has been a “nice little sideline” earning him some pocket money.
Dan’s mum Gillian, 45, from Park Road, said: “My husband and the lads got involved to give a little bit back and help the fight against cancer.
“The care and the dedication Dan has had from the RVI in Newcastle has been second to none.
“We have had ongoing support through paedatric oncology outreach nurses (POONS). “We couldn’t fault anybody through all of Dan’s care, they’ve been fantastic.”
Gillian added that she thinks it is “brilliant” that there is now a men’s version of the Race for Life and paid tribute to organiser Michael Day, who knows the family through Luke and Carl’s footballing circles.
She described him as “dedicated”, “amazing” and a “really nice guy”.
Gary added: “I think it will be an emotional day and I’m sure Dan will be there, whether I’m pushing him or whether Gillian takes him along.
“Miles for Men is a fantastic idea, especially if something like this can be rolled out nationally after someone in Hartlepool dreamed it up and got it off the ground - it would be brilliant for the town, and the charity, and men.”
Michael Day said: “To have Dan there would be absolutely amazing, he has had a rough time and so have his family.
“It’s going to be a very emotional day, especially to have people like Dan come along.”
Eldon Primary School pupil Dan featured in the Mail last month after he got to fulfil his dream when his pop idol Jessie J invited him on stage to help her sing in front of 11,000 fans.
He started a successful course of chemotherapy and was given the all-clear by doctors at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
But in March last year after several bouts of illness and tiredness, further tests showed the disease had returned.
Anyone wanting to sponsor the family can call 07850648207 and people wanting to take part can still enter on the day.