Tom Davies Memorial Day

Tom Davies Memorial Day was held at Hailey Park in Llandaff North on May 20th. Sponsored walk, tug of war, rugby match and so many other activities are provided in order to increase community spirit and, most importantly, to remember Tom.

Tom was diagnosed with Burkitts lymphoma in June 2015 and fought against it until September 2016 when he lost his fight at the age of 17. The organizer, Karen Dupuy, who looks after the junior section in Llandaff North Rugby Club, said the family fun day was organized to try to pull everyone together and to raise people’s awareness and to remember Tom.

Organizer Karen Dupuy

Organizer of Tom’s Memorial Day, Karen Dupuy. Photo: CNP

Tom Davies was a former junior player and became captain in 2010. He was so passionate about this game and even started training again before his six months of chemotherapy finished. ‘The moment that I was most proud of him was the way he dealt with his illness, the way he just took on and never complained, never said “why me”, and just focused on when he was going to get better and when he could play rugby again. He was never giving up. He was going to beat it’, said Tom’s mother Lynda Davies.

Tom Davies' mother Lynda Davies. Photo: CNP

Tom Davies’ mother Lynda Davies. Photo: CNP

At Hailey Park on 20th of May, different programmes were planned for people to participate. The first one was an one-hour sponsored walk which began at 11 am, followed by mini Olympics that boosted interests of all children. Afterwards, an exciting tug of war attracted attention of all people showing up at the site. Prior to an auction later in the afternoon, a fairly important rugby match between team Youth and team Very Old Vet’s took place at 3 pm. Members of the rugby teams are all Tom’s teammates.

Tug of War. Photo: CNP

Tug of War. Photo: CNP

Rugby Match. Photo: CNP

Rugby Match. Photo: CNP

Apart from activities to take part in, people could also enjoy food and buy souvenirs. Besides, an auction and a raffle was held at around 5 pm. ‘All the money collected and raised will go to Teenager Cancer Trust, Anthony Nolan Trust, and we give donation to Velindre, which is a local hospital which specializes in cancer treatment.’, said the organizer Karen Dupuy.

Photo: CNP

Photo: CNP

Lymphoma is a common cancer among young people, but the kind of Burkitts which Tom suffered from is relatively rare to be seen in such age group. Donna Dunn, mother of Emily who shared the same hospital ward with Tom, said ‘ the Burkitts lymphoma is more common amongst more elderly gentlemen around 50 or 60. It’s quite common among people in South Africa, among school children, 1 in every class.’ She also said we were just supporting each other because we both lost some amazing young people due to the awful cancer.

Donna Dunn, Mother of Emily who Shared Hospital Ward with Tom. Photo: CNP

Donna Dunn, Mother of Emily who Shared Hospital Ward with Tom. Photo: CNP

In order to make this event a big success, the organizer Dupuy, Tom’s mother Lynda Davies and other supporters has put lots of efforts in the way of meeting, planning and promoting. They also said that more activities would definitely be organized in the future to raise people’s awareness and to keep the community pulling together.

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