New Zealand is an amazing place. The most beautiful, the most awe inspiring place I have ever been to.
It began with the excitement of meeting my mates at the airport, knowing we were going to go on a plane to a country that was on the other side of the world. Knowing we were going to be there with men, women and children from countries as far as way as Namibia, to Australia to the Welsh or the Scots. At an event like this the human race becomes one.
We sipped our pints at the airport bar, we boarded a giant Boeing 747 and began to take off. At that moment, as I left the ground, it struck me that a Journey of ten thousand miles begins with a simple step.
To cure brain cancer seems a journey that is impossibly long. You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it. The Wright Brothers in 1903 had an ambition to get an object to fly. 108 years on I was on a plane to New Zealand, with two mates, to go to an international event where thousands from all over the world would be. Nothing is impossible. Harry Moseley’s mum recently tweeted that Harry had a dream ‘To find a cure for brain cancer to make sure no one goes through what he has gone through”.
Half way round the world an 11 year old had began another bout of chemotherapy. An 11 year old is lying in a bed, with his family around him praying that he will wake from the coma that has consumed him for the last month.
I, meanwhile, am looking up at mountains to the right, the sea to the left and an incredible rugby stadium right in the middle – as I stood there a quote a friend once told me hit me “Never tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” The only way we will help Harry’s dream is to do something. Life is too short not to do something that matters. You may think that you can’t do anything. You may think what can one person do to help? You may think that curing a terrible illness like cancer is impossible. What a load of bollocks.
John Stuart Mill said “One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests”. Harry Moseley, an 11 year old with an inoperable brain tumour has raised half a million pounds for Brain Cancer research. He has touched thousands with his story. He has even made a pretty selfish 24 year holidaying in New Zealand to stop and say what Can I Do? He is 11, he has an inoperable brain tumour. Imagine what you and your friends can do.
Next time you are up in a plane, or in a country far away just remember nothing is impossible. Harry is gravely unwell, no 11 year old should go through what Harry has gone through. Let’s make sure they don’t.
A few of us are going to be running every tube line in London over the next 6 months to raise money for Brain Cancer Research (www.justgiving.com/steven-whyley). We are aiming to raise £10,000 – not enough to cure Brain Cancer but it is a single step, a single step added to the many taken already. Add these steps up and one day Harry’s journey will be complete. Please come and help us, raise money with us, run with us, tell people about the event. Just do something. If you do nothing else then tell someone about www.helpharryhelpothers.com – help him complete his journey.