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Luke McCarthy

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I’m running the 2019 virgin money London marathon for Anthony Nolan because I want to help save lives.

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  • Event: Virgin Money London Marathon, 28 Apr 2019

Anthony Nolan London Marathon Team 2019

#TeamAN takes on the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019

Charity Registration No. in England and Wales 803716, Scotland SC038827

Story

So, I’m not sure if all of you are aware but last year i was contacted by Anthony Nolan as I was apparently a match for a patient that required a life saving donation of stem cells.

After a couple of months of visits to my local GP, a few more blood tests, a visit to kings college hospital, X-ray, ECG, questionnaire after questionnaire and consent forms, I was finally given the all clear and subsequent results that out of a number of other matches for the recipient, I was the match that would give her the best chance of a successful donation.

I gave a successful donation on the 10th July last year. It’s been since this experience that I have witnessed first hand the dedication, expertise, passion and willingness of everyone involved in the Anthony Nolan family.

I also saw just how much money it takes to make 1 single donation. I made a total of 5 separate GP, doctor & hospital visits with many many hours of time taken up by a whole host of doctors, nurses, porters, private staff, admin staff, Anthony Nolan staff and many more.

It was for this reason I decided to submit an application to run the Virgin Money London marathon and raise as much money as I could in the process.

I was successful in my efforts and have managed to secure a Charity place for 2019.

I know that in 2018 there are many good causes to raise money and awareness for, but as I have a personal connection to Anthony Nolan and cancer in general, I felt it fitting to try and do my bit to help out.

Thanks for taking the time to read my story. I hope this will both raise awareness of the excellent work AN do and may also raise a bit of cash for them to carry on saving lives.

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