Chris Gunton

Chris's London Marathon 2022

Fundraising for Anthony Nolan
£1,932
raised of £2,000 target
by 65 supporters
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Event: London Marathon 2022, on 2 October 2022
In memory of Natalie Dixon
Anthony Nolan

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RCN in England and Wales 803716, Scotland SC038827
We make lifesaving connections to help more patients survive and thrive

Story

Natalie aged 28 was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukemia in March 2015. After a very intensive chemotherapy regime she got into remission in June 2015. Anthony Nolan matched Natalie with a stem cell donor in Germany. Natalie was due to have her Transplant in July but unfortunately relapsed. Fortunately Natalie was accepted on a clinical trial which got her back into complete remission within a month. Natalie went on to have total body irradiation and had her stem cell transplant on the 27th October 2015.

Natalie was taken into Intensive care a month after her stem cell transplant. She had been given a lot of fluid to treat suspected infections and this fluid unfortunately compromised her breathing. She was placed into an induced coma and a few days later had to receive a life saving technique that took over the job of her lungs called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. This took blood out of her body and oxygenated it. A few days later they were able to oxygenate her body adequately with a ventilator. After a month being in a coma Natalie was woken and her rehabilitation started. Natalie was told that her stem cells had engrafted and that she was 100% donor which was fantastic news.

While in intensive care she received infection after infection and unfortunately on the 14th February she had to be placed back into a coma. Another infection had taken her down. A few weeks later she had been diagnosed with Acute Pancreatitis. This on top of all the infections caused Natalie's body to give up. Not once did Natalie want to give up. She fought until the end.

Throughout her illness she never complained. She never said "Why me?" She coped with everything with beautiful dignity.

Natalie will be missed by so many people. There is a void in all our lives that cannot be filled - except with the memories of magical times spent with Natalie which can never be taken away, for love is undying.

We are raising money for Anthony Nolan Trust in Natalie's memory. Without a matched stem cell donor Natalie wouldn't have had the chance that she so deserved.

There is not enough donors on the register with just over 500,000 potential life savers. Becoming a potential life saver is easy and is done from a simple spit test. And the donation itself isn't as daunting as you think.

Lets all help save the lives of people with blood cancer by raising funds for Anthony Nolan Trust in Natalie's Memory.

Large or small, your donation will make a big difference to people with blood cancer

  • £60 could add a new lifesaver to our register.
  • £21 could fund one hour of research into ensuring more people survive blood cancer.
  • £10 could pay for a ‘spit kit’ which is the first step in recruiting each lifesaver to our register.
  • £5 could get vital information to a patient and their family.

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.

Please visit the Anthony Nolan website: https://www.anthonynolan.org.uk/


About the charity

Anthony Nolan

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RCN in England and Wales 803716, Scotland SC038827
Anthony Nolan is the pioneering charity that unites people and science to make lifesaving connections - matching stem cell donors to those in need of transplants and treatments and growing their world-leading stem cell register, so everyone can find the match they need.

Donation summary

Total raised
£1,931.14
+ £353.00 Gift Aid
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£1,931.14
Offline donations
£0.00

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