Toby, an only child, was just 7 years old when his mum was diagnosed with breast cancer which involved surgery and 18 months of follow-up treatment. Toby was on hand throughout this difficult period to help his parents in whatever way he could. The family was beginning to establish some sort of normality again when in August 2009 Toby (then aged only 11) and his mum suffered the sudden and very unexpected loss of his dad to Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. Toby's dad had been a popular and active member of his local community in many ways, including through the Parent Council at Toby's school, the Rotary Club and the Friends of the local hospice. Despite the severe shock and his grief, Toby dealt with the situation in a very positive and mature way and he decided that his dad's death should not be in vain. So rather than continually mourn his loss, Toby set about fundraising for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research (LLR). Toby's hope is that within his lifetime a cause, if not a cure, will be found for this awful disease which can, in less than 4 weeks, claim the lives of otherwise fit and healthy individuals. In less than 2 years Toby - with the help and support of family, friends and colleagues of his dad - has already raised a total of £9,400 for LLR through a series of fund-raising events. It would be a terrific boost to Toby personally - and to his fundraising efforts for LLR - if he could participate in the Torch Relay in 2012.