'What he wanted was for everyone to have fun' - Brave eight-year-old Leukaemia sufferer Brandon pulls Stevenage school community together for charity fun run
PUBLISHED: 12:38 18 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:53 18 November 2016
A courageous eight-year-old boy who is undergoing three years of daily chemotherapy treatment for leukaemia his raised more than £6,000 for families affected by the disease by organising a sponsored fun run.
Brave Brandon Balaam, who goes to Martins Wood Primary School in Stevenage, hit upon the idea himself after chatting to headteacher Tom Evans, and more than 500 pupils took part in the fancy dress run on September 30.
Last week Brandon presented a cheque for £6,230 to the CLIC Sargent charity which has provided vital moral and financial support to his own family as he has been in and out of treatment.
Brandon’s mum, Naomi Balaam, said: “The fact that he’s thinking of others is lovely.
“It really was Brandon organising it with assistance from the school.
“There was such a sense of community support on the day.
“It was amazing, I did cry quite a few times.
“Lots of the kids really loved it and he had thank you cards from the children.
“What he wanted was for everyone to have fun and there were lots of smiles on the day.”
She added: “I’m obviously incredibly proud of Brandon and the support shown by pupils and staff at the school. Since he has been ill the school has been fantastic.
“CLIC Sargent is an amazing charity and the money will be spent helping other young people and families.
“The impact is huge. Obviously for Brandon but also his younger brother Lincoln and us as a family unit. It’s physically, emotionally and financially challenging.”
Brandon was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in July 2015 and chemotherapy started within 36 hours of a GP appointment.
He has to make regular trips to hospital for treatment, but Naomi says they are trying to keep things normal and Brandon is still able to attend Martins Wood as much as possible.
Mr Evans said Brandon has born his illness with “incredible courage and dignity.”
You can donate to CLIC Sargent via his page by going online to