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Drummer to take on Great North Run for Make A Wish Foundation

Great north run

Great north run

A young drummer in remission from cancer is taking on the Great North Run at the weekend to raise money for the charity that granted his teenage wish - to receive a John Bonham-esque vistalite kit.

Joe Emmett will be taking on the punishing circuit on Sunday along with his dad to help generate cash for the Make A Wish Foundation UK.

The 20-year-old was diagnosed with aggressive Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma when he was 16. Thanks to the foundation, he was granted his wish of owning a Ludwig kit similar to those made famous by Bonham in the '70s.

Joe said: "Make-A-Wish Foundation does great work brightening up the lives of children and young people battling life-threatening conditions - I should know as a recipient. When you're going through something like that to get what you wish for means a lot - it lifts spirits."

You don't need to dig out your running shoes to do your bit for the good cause, you can instead sponsor Joe at www.justgiving.com/Josef-emmett.

Rich is a teacher, one time Rhythm staff writer and experienced freelance journalist who has interviewed countless revered musicians, engineers, producers and stars for the our world-leading music making portfolio, including such titles as Rhythm, Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, and MusicRadar. His victims include such luminaries as Ice T, Mark Guilani and Jamie Oliver (the drumming one).