My cousin Henry and I ran The British 10K in London, on the 15th July 2018, to raise money for the Leeds Children’s Hospital.
When I was 14 years old, on the 20th May 2011, I was diagnosed with Leukaemia. I was treated in the Haematology and Oncology Department at the Leeds Children’s Hospital. After diagnosis, I underwent a three-and-a-half-year chemotherapy programme including two intensive treatment periods and over 30 general anaesthetics. The team that looked after me were truly amazing and I would not be here today if it wasn’t for them, through their hard work and support for children and teenagers with cancer.
The Leeds Children’s Hospital is about to start a major refurbishment and redevelopment project to improve the care that is given to children from Leeds and the surrounding areas. It is one of the largest children’s hospitals in the UK with 300 beds, 8 dedicated surgical theatres and a workforce of 1,200 committed staff. They provide care to more than 250,000 children and young people each year and perform in excess of 10,000 surgical procedures annually.
Running is really important to me, keeping my mind and body fit and healthy in contrast to the trauma I experienced 7 years ago. It was a true honour that my cousin Henry ran the London Marathon in 2012 in aid of the charities supporting me. Therefore, completing this 10K together felt quite monumental.
We would be so grateful if you could sponsor us in our endeavour. Your donations will be quickly processed and passed on to the charity, which will be spent in and around the hospital to improve both the facilities and to fund further research programmes. JustGiving will claim gift aid on the charity's behalf.
We both really appreciate all your support and thank you in advance for your donation.
Jacob and Henry Ziff