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Sophie Mullins

Sophie's Magnificent Seven: Great Manchester Run, Great North 10K, Great Edinburgh Run, Great North Run, Loch Ness Marathon, Great Birmingham Run, Great South Run...

Fundraising for Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research)

103 %
raised of £1,000 target
by 34 supporters
  • Event: BUPA Great North Run 2013, 15 Sep 2013

Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research)

We fund research and provide support to improve blood cancer patients' lives

Charity Registration No. 216032


Great Manchester Run, Great North 10K, Great Edinburgh Run, Great North Run, Great Yorkshire Run, Great Birmingham Run, Great South Run...

Running into a healthy future

I started running in 2008 after signing up to run the Loch Ness Marathon for CHAS - and mum joined me by running the 10K (smashing her 60 minute target I might add).

By 2011 I was running pretty well and even winning the odd prize at club level, then something went horribly wrong. Almost overnight I found myself struggling to walk 200m at a time. Nearly a year later I was diagnosed with mastocytosis and told I would never run again. 

Mastocytosis means that I have too many mast cells and that they are very unstable. When my mast cells degranulate my blood pressure drops dramatically and I can get a life threathening allergic reaction. Things that can trigger degranulation include perfumes, various foods and exercise. Yep, that's right, I'm allergic to exercise.

The thing is that running makes me a happier person, and I think a better one. So I decided to start building up my strength with weight training before trying to run again. At first the running was horrible but gradually things have improved. I have developed strategies to keep my mast cells calm, as long as I'm careful they don't throw the toys out the pram...

People with mastocytosis have a much higher chance of developing blood cancers, including mast cell leukaemia. When I found this out I did what everyone does and searched the Internet. Mast cell leukaemia is one of the most untreatable cancers and most people don't last longer than a few months after diagnosis. It shocked me that there are still cancers for which there is simply no real treatment. 

I am passionate about raising money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research for this reason. I want to see treatments in the future. I have a deeper empathy for leukaemia patients than I did a few years ago and if I can play even a small part in funding research into blood disorders I will be very happy.

I am incredibly lucky to have been offered the chance to run 7 BUPA Great Run events this year and I promise to run my little socks off (without upsetting those pesky mast cells!).

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