Kids Are Heroes is an organization that highlights kids who have done great volunteer work. In the past we have profiled kids that were featured on the Kids Are Heroes site. Harry Moseley is one such hero who left a legacy.
Harry’s story began in 2007 when he had problems with his eyes. After many visits to the optician and the local hospital, the doctors gave him an MRI scan and discovered a brain tumor. The tumor was in a dangerous place, deep in his brain, so it was inoperable. Harry began chemotherapy treatments but unfortunately it didn’t work and his tumor grew. His only other option was radiotherapy. It was during these treatments that he met Robert Harley who was also having radiotherapy for a brain tumor. They had their treatment on the same day, every day for six weeks so they became very good friends. In 2009 Robert became very ill so Harry decided to make and sell beaded bracelets to raise money for brain cancer research to help make him better. Sadly four weeks into his campaign, his friend Robert died at only 55 years old. Harry wanted to continue selling bracelets in Robert’s memory and to help make sure that no one else would have to go through what they did.
Harry continued regular checkups to monitor the size of his tumor. It remained stable for two years but unfortunately, his health took a turn for the worse in July 2011 when he developed a blood clot on his brain. He had an emergency operation on August 10th and remained in a coma for over eight weeks. On October 7th, doctors advised Harry’s family to bring him home to rest. Harry passed away peacefully in his mother’s arms on October 8th. Harry’s campaign, however, continues to live on in his memory.
The mission of Help Harry Help Others is to raise as much money as possible to help fund brain cancer research and to raise awareness. At the heart of this mission are Harry’s beautiful bracelets which act as a symbol for Harry, his campaign and what it seeks to achieve. It was Harry’s dream that everyone in the United Kingdom would be wearing one of his bracelets.
In April 2011, Help Harry Help Others partnered with Cancer Research UK. As a result, the campaign now largely functions out of their head offices in Angel, London.
How can you help?
Help Harry Help Others welcomes all the support they are offered. Volunteers have been key to helping raise money for the campaign. They have opportunities locally for individuals or groups to fundraise for the campaign. These fundraisers aren’t just limited to bracelet sales, previous groups have done bake sales, live music events, runs, and even jumping out of an airplane. They also have a team of volunteers who help with bracelet production.
For those who live further away, you can still run a fundraiser and make your donation online or via the mail. The organization’s website has a fundraiser pack available for download. Anyone can also purchase bracelets online.
Harry’s organization has sold over 40,000 bracelets and raised over £185,000 (or about $280,000) for brain tumor research. You can learn more about Help Harry Help Others on their website, helpharryhelpothers.com. You can also connect with them on Facebook or Twitter.