38,000 people are diagnosed and 14,000 die from blood cancers in the UK every year.....
A great friend of mine, Adam Joyce was diagnosed with this devastating illness at just 22 years of age... He was one of the lucky survivors and is now an Ambassador for Cure Leukaemia spending most of his spare time doing amazing things to raise money for this incredible charity... Some might say he's a real life super hero!!!
Here's Adam's story...
"Adam became involved with Cure Leukaemina following a shock diagnosis when he was just 22 years old. Adam was a seemingly fit and healthy firefighter in Birmingham, only 2 years earlier embarking on the start of his dream career. Adam had minimal symptoms of toothache and tiredness; easily dismissed by most. However, he was to learn that both were related to a rare form of blood cancer that would threaten his life. Adam was given a 50/50 chance of survival. Chemotherapy treatments saw him suffer the all to familiar side effects of total hair loss and losing 3 stone in weight. He became a shadow of the former man he was. If treatment was unsuccessful it was discussed with Adam that it would be very difficult to find a suitable bone marrow match for him owing to his small family and no siblings. There was only one form of treatment available at the time which was the intense poisoning that chemotherapy is.
Adam was, and is one of the very lucky ones who survived. Many didn't!
This was all before Cure Leukaemia was born. Founded by the professor who saved Adams life"
Cure Leukaemia has been fighting back since 2003. Every penny raised through Cure Leukaemia's London 2 Paris ride will go towards supporting the groundbreaking work of Professor Charlie Craddock CBE and his team of clinicians based at the Centre for Clinical Haematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and now at Centres across the UK. Cure Leukaemia's funding of specialist research nurses across the UK helps connect blood cancer patients with treatments that are not currently available through standard care. These clinical trials are potentially life saving and not only help save lives but also hasten global progress towards eradicating blood cancer within 25 years but with increased funds that dream could become a reality sooner.
Please give what you can as I will be cycling 500km in Blood Cancer Awareness Month...
Thank you so much