A SHIRLEY mum will be striding out alongside cricketing legend Sir Ian Botham, during a sponsored walk for Leukaemia Research.
Marie Seaton, whose four-year-old son Sam was diagnosed with the blood cancer last year, wants to do her bit to help the charity's work.
The 37-year-old recalled the day she realised the youngster was seriously ill.
She said: "It was on Sam's fourth birthday. He was very tired and off colour so I decided to take him to the doctor's. I remember saying to my GP, 'There is nothing wrong with him but he is a very pale colour - could you just check he is ok?' How wrong could I have been?!"
After some blood tests were taken, Sam was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
"It was the biggest shock ever. I kept asking myself 'How could this happen to Sam?' and I even started to question if I had done anything wrong."
Nearly a year later and Sam is on his last intensive block of chemotherapy. "He is making good progress and attends the Birmingham Children's Hospital every week where the staff there are fantastic. "Most of the children in the clinic have acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and thanks to the fantastic work of Sir Ian Botham their chances are good!" she added.
The full time mum-of-three has started gathering support from family and friends for the four-mile charity walk on October 14.
She will join Sir Ian and other fundraisers in Stratford-upon-Avon's Charlecote Park, as part of "Beefy's Great British Walk - Against Childhood Leukaemia".
The former England cricketer will be taking part in his 12th charity walk, which takes him through nine UK cities, finishing in Durham on October 18.
Please visit Marie's webpage at www.just-giving.com/marieseaton2008 if you would like to sponsor her.