Mother finds inspiration from Frozen to remember teenager who died of cancer

Dawn Starkey with Frozen character Olaf, who she will be running the Great North Run dressed as in memory of her daughter's boyfriend Dylan Knox.
Dawn Starkey with Frozen character Olaf, who she will be running the Great North Run dressed as in memory of her daughter's boyfriend Dylan Knox.
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ON your marks, get set ... snow! A mum has been inspired by Disney film Frozen to raise money for a teenage cancer charity.

Dawn Starkey is set to take on this September’s Great North Run in an Olaf costume, one of the characters from the hit animation.

Dylan Knox, of Houghton, who died in 2014 after suffering from Ewing's Sarcoma cancer.

Dylan Knox, of Houghton, who died in 2014 after suffering from Ewing's Sarcoma cancer.

Dawn, from Houghton, will be looking to generate significant cash for the Teenage Cancer Trust after her daughter Melissa’s boyfriend Dylan Knox tragically died of Ewing’s Sarcoma in December, aged just 18.

Dylan, a former Houghton Kepier School pupil, was diagnosed with the rare form of bone cancer over six years ago and was treated on the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle.

On hearing his illness was terminal , Dylan started #teamdylan and wanted to emulate the work of Stephen Sutton, who decided to raise as much as he could for charity once he discovered he was dying.

Dawn and Melissa, along with Dylan’s family and other friends, started fund-raising for Teenage Cancer Trust when they saw how important the support provided by the charity was for Dylan and other young people battling cancer.

Dylan will be in my thoughts every step of the way and I am really pleased to be able to raise more funds by doing the run for other young people with cancer

Dawn Starkey

Dawn organised a charity ball at Ramside Hall in Dylan’s memory at the end of February which raised an amazing £16,500 which takes the #teamdylan fund-raising total to over £30,000.

However, Dawn is not stopping there and has pledged to run the Great North Run dressed as comic character Olaf, while Melissa will also be running.

Dawn said: “Dylan will be in my thoughts every step of the way and I am really pleased to be able to raise more funds by doing the run for other young people with cancer.

“I hope others will sign up to do the Great North Run for Teenage Cancer Trust too as it’s a great atmosphere and this year Teenage Cancer Trust will be having a birthday party at the end to celebrate the fifth birthday of the Great North Children’s Hospital Unit.”

Dawn Starkey in her costume as Frozen character Olaf, who she will be running the Great North Run dressed as in memory of her daughter's boyfriend Dylan Knox.

Dawn Starkey in her costume as Frozen character Olaf, who she will be running the Great North Run dressed as in memory of her daughter's boyfriend Dylan Knox.

Louise Miles, regional fund-raising manager at Teenage Cancer Trust said: “Dylan was an inspirational young person who was enthusiastic about raising money to support other young people with cancer despite his own illness.

“His family and friends have continued to fundraise in his memory and have exceeded their expectations both in raising money and awareness for which we can’t thank them enough.”

For more information on Teenage Cancer Trust Great North Run places email zoe.hull@teenagecancertrust.org or call 07957 591 190.