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John Riley

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I am riding from London to Paris for Cure Leukaemia because I want to help raise £1million

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  • Event: London 2 Paris: Inspiring the Revolution, 18 Jun 2015 to 22 Jun 2015

Cure Leukaemia

We fund a network of expert research nurses to help save leukaemia patients' lives

Charity Registration No. 1100154


Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

This June I’ll be taking part in London 2 Paris: Inspiring the Revolution and raising money for Cure Leukaemia as like many others I have a close connection to the life-saving work they are doing.

Without Cure Leukaemia and the work of Professor Charlie Craddock and his team in Birmingham, I would be very surprised if my wife Deborah would be alive today.

Deborah was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia in 2006 when she visited Dr O'Connor in our local hospital in Shrewsbury.  Dr O'Connor was brilliant and quickly referred Deborah to Professor Craddock at the QE, Birmingham.

We traveled to Birmingham monthly and I was bowled over by the dedication and expertise of the staff at the Hospital. Deborah was so grateful that the drugs controlled the disease and she began to lead a very normal life.

In the summer of 2009 Professor Craddock said he was looking to find a match using umbilical cords. This was a new procedure and one he took the time to fully explain, both the process and the risks, and then in October 2009 Deborah underwent her transplant.

It has been a tough road to recovery but thankfully, it has been successful. Our debt of gratitude to all the staff in the transplant unit and at the clinic cannot be understated.

I now feel it is my turn to do my bit and raise money for a charity that makes such a difference for so many people who have blood cancers.

I have been so impressed with the dedication, expertise and selflessness of all of the staff we have met since our first visit to Birmingham and the ride from London to Paris will be worth all of the pain if it means the ground-breaking work can be continued by Professor Craddock and his amazing team.

I’m delighted to have the opportunity to take part in this truly unique event and I ask that you dig deep to show your support.