On Saturday 21st June 2014 Jodie Johnson along with 49 'crazy' soles will be abseiling down the lift tower in Northampton! Why you ask??..... Well this is just many of the fundraising events that has been arranged to raise funds and awareness for the 'LU15'. LU15 (a combination of Luis' name and his favourite rugby postion full-back, number 15) is a campaign to raise awareness of Osteosarcoma (a rare bone cancer), set up by the friends and family of Luis Ghaut in response to him being diagonsed a month short of his 12th birthday, with Osteosarcoma within the Fibula in his right leg.
Luis, a keen rugby player at Northampton Old Scouts RFC has been receiving chemotherapy and has also recently undergone an operation to remove 15cm of his upper right Fibula, the tumour and unfortunately his peroneal nerve that controls movement in his right foot. This means that Luis now has what is commonly known as "drop foot" and has to wear a leg splint to help him walk and also a brace when he sleeps to help keep his right Achilles heel and calf muscle in good condition. Luis has a long way to go with regards to his treatment, with more surgery being scheduled for later in 2014. He has experienced some low points during his treatment which have resulted in additional stays in hospital. Despite all of this Luis and his friends and family display a positive attitude and are determined that he can beat his cancer.
They continue to work tirelessly to raise awereness and funds for this cause and the hope is that once Luis' treatment is finished, and if funds allow they will be able to afford to send Luis and his family on a holiday of a life time.
Thanks for reading and supporting this cause.
For more information about fundraising events or Osteosarcoma please visit http://www.lu15.co.uk or you can follow Luis' story on his Twitter @lu15fundraising.