I’m Michael, 35 and from Malton in North Yorkshire. This year I am taking on a 900 mile virtual running challenge (the same distance from John O’Groats to Lands End) in memory of my dad, David.
Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?
In October 2017, my dad was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML). We had no idea what to expect but we were told there was hope. Following rounds of chemotherapy my dad went into remission and he was advised to have the bone marrow transplant. As he had been in hospital for several months, he chose not to have it and wanted to cram as much in as he could as he knew it would return. Four months later, it did. He had decided to go for the transplant. In January 2019, my dad was in remission and the transplant went ahead. Unfortunately my dad’s leukaemia was so aggressive, the donors stem cells could not rid my dads body of the cancer cells and in May 2019 he passed away peacefully at home.
My dad always said if he got through this, he wanted to help people in the same situation as him. I am continuing his legacy to help raise awareness of the leukaemia and how important it is for people to join the register and even to give blood. Without people giving blood or being on the stem cell register, my dad would have passed away earlier. It has given us that little extra time with him which you can’t put a price on.
What are you doing to raise funds in aid of Anthony Nolan
During 2020, I am taking on the toughest challenge I have ever done... to run 900 miles (the same distance from John O’Groats to Lands End) within a year to raise money and awareness for Anthony Nolan and DKMS.
I must average 75 miles a month (almost 18 miles a week) to keep on target and I will be using this page to keep everyone updated on my progress. My progress will be updated on a weekly basis on my Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Michaels2020Challenge