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Determined family makes the news with cycling challenge in memory of Evie

A determined mum and her two children have completed their challenge to cycle 2.6 miles a day for 26 days to raise money for Brain Tumour Research.

Emma Whitfield from Hull was accompanied by her kids Lottie, aged nine, and Riley Gray, 10, to remember their sister Evie who was just eight when she died in 2014 ten months after she was diagnosed with a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG).

Poignantly, on what would have been Evie’s 16th birthday the family’s challenge saw them pedal to Evie’s grave to place a tribute.

Emma said: “We had a lot of fun doing the challenge and we thought a lot about Evie and talked about her too. Lottie and Riley remember her quite well even though they were only four and three when we lost her. Riley is now the same age and in the same year at school as Evie was when she died.

“It feels so unfair for someone so young to lose their life. We are very grateful to everyone who has donated and hope our fundraising for vital research will lead to a cure so that those diagnosed with brain tumours, including children with DIPG, will still have a future.”

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