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January 2012 I had a call from a work collegue, Tony de Grey, he had Leukaemia. It was completley out of the blue and a massive shock, you here about Leukaemia but you never think it will happen to someone you know.
I wanted to help so for Tony and Cure Leukaemia I'm running the Stafford Half Marathon on the 17th March, the Edinburgh Marathon on the 26th May and the Birmingham Half Mararthon on the 20th October which is 52.4 Miles in Total.
Follow my progress on Twitter @paul_bundy
Follow Tony's progess on Twitter @tonydegrey
Tony is part of the radio BBC WM Red alert appeal and his story is below:-
Tony de Grey aged 52 married with 3 children living in Birmingham.
Following a dentist appointment to have a tooth removed, Tony was suffering from severe pain and in an attempt to gain some relief took a large dose of pain killers. Tony, an ex naval serviceman, described the pain as unimaginable. He then collapsed and was still lay on the floor when his wife, Diane, returned from work.
Diane, Tony's wife of 23 years, was understandably worried that Tony may have overdosed on pain relief and took him to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Doctors at the hospital very quickly were able to control the pain and as a matter of course, because of the pain relief Tony had taken, completed routine blood tests.
The results showed that Tony was suffering from Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML). Tony was advised by the medical team that he was just days away from death.
Tony's treatment for AML started immediately. Tony explains that he went through a rollercoaster of emotions. His first thought was 'OK, I can deal with this' but once the realisiation that AML was blood cancer set in, his next thought was how he would tell his wife and family.
Tony has been through the rigours of cancer treatment and was recently offered Stem Cell Transplantation. For this to take place, Tony needed a a bone marrow match from a sibling as this was his best chance of success.
Finding a match from a sibling was not a concern for Tony as he was one of six children and thought his chances were good. However as each sibling was crossed off the list the final hope came with his sister who was living in Devon. She was a perfect match and the transplant took place.
Tony's route to this treatment was supported by Cure Leukaemia funded nurses.
Tony is now sharing his treatment audio diaries with BBC WM 95.6FM listeners as part of the Red Alert Appeal via the breakfast show and by his regular tweets.
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