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On 15th June 2019, I’ll be attempting my longest run to date. “The Wall” is a gruelling 69 mile (111km) one day ultra marathon that follows in the footsteps of Britain’s Roman past, stretching along Hadrian’s Wall from Carlisle Castle in Cumbria to Baltic Square in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
The reason I’ve signed up for this challenge is to raise funds to support a cause that means a lot to me - to support teenagers and young adults through their cancer treatment on Ward 34 at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, where my sister is currently being treated.
My sister, Sarah, is currently fighting cancer for the third time.
Sarah was diagnosed in 2008, when she was 12, with acute lymphoid leukemia. After chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant she made a full recovery and went on to live the next 10 years of her life to the fullest.
Unfortunately, in 2017, the cancer returned in the rare form of an AML brain tumour. This type of tumour is so unusual that Sarah required experimental treatment to aid her recovery.
In August of this year, the cancer came back for a third time. This time in her brain, neck and lower back. She’s currently undergoing more chemo and radiotherapy, and in October she had a very scary visit to the critical care unit with life threatening pneumonia.
We’re so lucky in the UK to have the NHS, and Sarah is receiving some of the best treatment available at both the Royal Victoria Infirmary and Freeman hospitals.
Knowing Sarah has meant that I have first hand experience of how difficult the journey of a cancer patient can be. My aim is that with the money raised from my run and your donations, we can help to make each day of treatment as comfortable as possible for young people like Sarah. The money raised will be used to provide equipment, entertainment and qualified visiting specialists. It will also help outpatients by providing resources for group activities in a modern, positive setting, to help encourage young cancer patients to socialise, have fun and live as normal and fulfilling a life as possible.
It would be awesome if you could donate, as well as share my page. Thank you!
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Mar 25, 2019
Hi I'm a friend of Becca's and also had treatment for cancer at the freeman hospital we are not so lucky to get the cancer but are lucky to have an amazing hospital!! good luck Andy xxx
Mar 21, 2019
Good luck and best wishes Andrew. Love from Auntie Mabel
Mar 21, 2019
Wishing you the best
Mar 20, 2019
Good luck Andrew!!
Mar 19, 2019
You know it doesn’t count if you don’t do it with an egg and spoon!Great cause Andy, best of luck!
Mar 18, 2019
Incredible effort big man, wishing you all the luck! I once walked 30 miles of it in about 11 hours and it rained the whole time. So, enjoy..
Mar 18, 2019
Well done Andy! Sarah really does have the best people around her. Good luck in the run I’m sure you’ll smash it 💖
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