A DAREDEVIL couple have leapt 12,000-feet from a plane to help their godson who is suffering with cancer.
Anthony and Tracy Ogle, of Solway Avenue, Wyberton, took part in a sponsored skydive to raise a staggering £3,589.50 for nine-year-old Boston boy Lewis Smith.
The youngster is currently undergoing chemotherapy for bone cancer and has recently had his lower left leg amputated.
His parents Paul and Becki Smith, explained: “In October last year doctors discovered a tumour in Lewis’s ankle and he was diagnosed with the bone cancer Osteosarcoma. Unfortunately, due to where his tumour was positioned, the bone couldn’t be saved which resulted in him having his leg amputated below the knee.”
Lewis suffers with a rare disorder called Rothmund Thomson Syndrome – which affects the skin, hair growth and bone formation. Those with the condition also have an increased risk of cancer, with many developing bone tumours in childhood.
When godparents Anthony and Tracy heard the news of his illness they literally leapt into action – organising a tandem skydive at North London Skydive Centre in Cambridge earlier this year.
“We did a 5,000ft free-fall at 125mph so it literally took my breath away.” said Anthony, 32. “It was an awful experience waiting on the plane to jump because I’m not great with heights, but Tracy is an adrenaline junkie so was quite excited about it.”
The couple said they had hoped to raise £1,000 but once word got around about Lewis and what they were doing to help him, the sponsorship came flooding in.
“I ended up raising £1,000 just by badgering friends on Facebook,” said Anthony. “We put forms around some local businesses too and the response has been great.”
Becki added: “Lewis has been really brave and has taken everything in his stride. He’s even proudly showing of his new Tottenham Hotspur leg which staff at Queens Medical Centre gave him.”
Upon being presented with the cheque last week, Lewis said: “Thanks Anth and Trace, you’re brill and I love you both.” l If you would like to raise money for Lewis contact firstname.lastname@example.org.