CHARLOTTE (Charlie) Moore, from Coventry, joins Neuroblastoma UK as a new Patron to help raise awareness and vital funds for research into neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive childhood cancer. Charlie joins fellow charity Patrons Alan Carr, Scott Mills and Angellica Bell as part of the charity’s 40th-anniversary celebrations.
Charlie was just 12 weeks old when she was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, after being born with the cancer. The tumour was wrapped around her spine. It crushed her nerves and caused permanent paralysis below the waist. But Charlotte’s determination to succeed has seen her go on to achieve incredible things. Today, aged 23, Charlie represents Team GB in basketball, has won medals in the 2018 World Championships and several European Championships.
“I was so happy when Neuroblastoma UK invited me to become Patron. My family have supported the charity since I was little so to be asked to join them as Patron during their 40th-anniversary is amazing. I know first-hand how devastating a neuroblastoma diagnosis can be for a child and their family. But I am one of the lucky ones. Raising awareness of neuroblastoma and raising funds is so important to me. I want to help in every way possible to stop children dying from this aggressive disease.
“The life-changing side-effects of having neuroblastoma has never stopped me from doing what I love. And I have always loved sports. I started competing in wheelchair tennis and racing when I was seven years old. When I was eight, I began playing wheelchair basketball and I’ve never looked back. I have been so lucky to represent Great Britain at every major basketball competition. You never know the journey life will take you on, so you just have to be positive, and embrace the challenges.”
Tony Heddon, Chair of Trustees at Neuroblastoma UK said:
“Charlie is an incredible woman. To have survived neuroblastoma and get where she is today is truly inspiring. Neuroblastoma is a tough cancer. Charlie’s tumour damaged her nerves and caused paralysis but the treatment itself can also cause serious short and long-term health problems. More investment is desperately needed to make breakthroughs in the treatment and diagnosis of neuroblastoma. We are proud to welcome Charlie as our Patron and I know that with her passion and dedication, we can give families real hope for the future.”
To celebrate 40 years of fighting childhood cancer, Neuroblastoma UK will host anniversary-themed fundraising activities throughout 2022, including a sponsored dog walk, a limited edition pin badge and a Big Birthday Get Together. 40 extraordinary families affected by neuroblastoma over the last 40 years will also be sharing their stories to raise awareness of the disease and inspire people across the UK to raise money for future research.