KAREN SCHURER, BCAv
Since the death of her youngest daughter Liberty in October 2017, just two weeks after her 14th birthday, Karen has worked relentlessly to raise awareness and funds for research into Ewing Sarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer which predominantly affects children and young adults, most especially teenagers.
Throughout Liberty’s gruelling treatment she was an absolute inspiration to those around her. On discovering her terminal prognosis, it was Liberty’s wish that her family fundraise in her name so that no other child should suffer as she had. Karen started ‘Liberty’s Legacy’, a special fund of the Bone Cancer Research Trust and to date they have raised over £260,000. This has already helped to fund two promising new research projects into Ewing’s, with a further project due to be announced later this year.
Liberty’s school friends have cut their hair to make new wigs for cancer patients and taken part in numerous fundraising events in support of Liberty’s Legacy. But it is Karen’s energy, commitment and sheer determination, even through her grief, that has been the inspiration for so many.
Karen is determined to raise awareness of Ewing Sarcoma and ensure that Liberty’s death has meaning, and she is equally determined that Liberty is not forgotten.