In 2000, I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. After a year of chemotherapy, the cancer remained and I had little chance of survival. My life was saved by an anonymous bone marrow donor. He was on the Anthony Nolan register, and provided some of his marrow to attempt a bone marrow transplant. Much to everyone's surprise his marrow grafted within days, and a year later i could return to work. I run the marathon every year to remember what he did for me and to raise funds for the Nolan Trust. This year, I again hope to raise £2,000. Please sponsor me, even for just a small amount.
Every day, Anthony Nolan saves the lives of people with a blood cancer or blood disorder. They do this by matching incredible individuals willing to donate their stem cells, to people who desperately need a lifesaving transplant. They also carry out cutting edge scientific research, fund specialist post-transplant nurses and support patients and their families through the transplant process and beyond. They won’t stop until they save the lives of everyone who needs a stem cell transplant. Every penny you donate brings them closer to that day.
If you have never seen the London Marathon, it is quite an event. If you in London, come and see it. I should manage to reach the finish at Buckingham Palace at around 2pm.