Submitted by Lisa Wilson
The family of a 17-year-old who tragically died in September 2020 are on a mission to raise £20,000 which will be donated to the Wales Air Ambulance and Young Minds charities in his memory.
Ethan Ross, from St Asaph, Denbighshire, passed away having suffered a devastating brain injury after being hit by a car on the A55 whilst travelling home from work on his moped.
The Wales Air Ambulance flew Ethan to the Major Trauma Centre at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, where he died two days later.
Ethan’s parents, Helen and Paul, are calling on the public to take part in the Move a Marathon for Ethan fundraiser in memory of their son.
Move a Marathon for Ethan is a weekend event in aid of the Wales Air Ambulance and Young Minds charities and encourages people of all ages to help raise money by moving 26.2 miles.
The miles can be completed by either walking, swimming, running or hiking. Alternatively, people can find a creative way to take part. This can be 26.2 of anything, minutes, hours, or activities such as crosswords, baking, sewing, gardening or walking.
The fundraiser is due to take place over the weekend of Friday, June 18 – Sunday, June 20, 2021.
Ethan’s father and brother Callum have also set themselves the challenge of completing a marathon on Sunday, June 20.
Helen Ross, Ethan’s mum, said: “Ethan was studying Maths and Physics A Levels at Denbigh High School and hoping to go on to Bristol University to study Aerospace Engineering.
“He had great aspirations and desires. He wanted to travel the world. Ethan was so organised and had his life mapped out.
“Ethan loved science and space and had a huge passion about stars and the universe. The world will be an emptier place now he is not in it.”
Ethan had written the following for his University personal statement, which his family said sums the teenager up – “As a young man fascinated with the world around me, I have found myself always drawn to looking up to the sky. I want my life to have purpose and benefit mankind in some way.”
Helen added: “He has certainly done this giving so many a gift of life with his organ donations. We must now carry on his legacy.
“We would love as many people as possible to get involved and Move a Marathon in memory of our beloved son. We would like to thank Denbighshire Leisure Ltd for offering to support the event and for being our official partner.
“We have chosen Wales Air Ambulance and Young Minds, two charities that are very important to our family.
“We would like to thank everyone who has been in touch already. Let’s make this event as ginormous as Ethan’s heart and make him as proud as he did us.”
The family have already raised over £6,600 towards their target.
To make a donation, click here.
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