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Our incredible supporters are the heroes who make all of our work possible. They are all lifesavers. Meet our intrepid team of runners, walkers, cyclists and challengers who are going the extra mile to help save the lives of people with blood cancer. And make sure you give them a wave if you see them out training!

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Megan Gullam

BMW Berlin Marathon

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Megan Gullam

BMW Berlin Marathon

Biography

I'm Megan, I am originally from Wales but currently live in London and am part of the AN Events Team.

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

I work in the AN Events Team and have been so inspired by #TeamAN that I wanted to take on my biggest challenge ever - a marathon. It isn't something I ever thought I would be able to do, but hearing inspiring stories everyday and chatting to so many wonderful AN supporters has led me here. If I can do it, you can do it!

What are you doing to raise funds in aid of Anthony Nolan

I ran the 2019 BMW Berlin Marathon with #TeamAN - my first ever full marathon! I have also ran a few other 10ks and half marathons for Anthony Nolan before this, running a marathon was my bucket list goal.

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Michael Hill

900 mile challenge

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Michael Hill

900 mile challenge

Biography

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

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Paul Walmsley

The Sunderland City Half and Great North Run 2020

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Paul Walmsley

The Sunderland City Half and Great North Run 2020

Biography

I am a father of 3 and currently married to Claire. I was a police officer until retiring in 2019.

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

I was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocitic Leukaemia in 2003 and had a bone marrow transplant via Anthony Nolan in 2012. I have been in remission since and am currently fit and healthy, even after my set back of a diagnosis of Bladder Cancer in 2015.

What are you doing to raise funds in aid of Anthony Nolan

In 2020 I am running both the Sunderland City 1/2 marathon and the Great North Run to raise funds

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Karen and Paul Clarke-Taylor

The London Marathon and Ride London

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Karen and Paul Clarke-Taylor

The London Marathon and Ride London

Biography

We are Paul and Karen Clarke-Taylor. We are husband and wife, and we have decided to take on various challenges in aid of Anthony Nolan.

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

Anthony Nolan found a match for one of Karen’s family friends, Simon, but sadly he wasn’t able to undergo the transplant. Several years later, Anthony Nolan found a lifesaving stem cell match for Karen’s friend, Hannah, when she had leukaemia.

In 2016, Paul was identified as a match for a woman who needed a stem cell transplant - we don’t know her name so we call her ‘Sarah’. Sadly, despite the best efforts of the medical team and the transplant that she received thanks to Paul, Sarah passed away in 2017. The news was difficult to process, so we decided to respond by raising money in her memory, in memory of Simon, and in celebration of Hannah.

What are you doing to raise funds in aid of Anthony Nolan

So far, Paul cycled the Ride100 in 2018 and Karen ran the London Marathon in 2019. We don’t know what we’ll do next but completing the London Classics is an option.

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Lisa Davies

Man vs Series

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Lisa Davies

Man vs Series

Biography

My name is Lisa and I'm taking on the Man vs Series in support of my dad. I have never been an avid runner, but I wanted to do something out of my comfort zone to raise money for Anthony Nolan.

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

My Dad was diagnosed with Chronic Myelomonicytic Leukemia (CMML) a year ago, and since then we have experienced a lot of ups and downs.

What are you doing to raise funds in aid of Anthony Nolan

My dad is a keen runner, so I'm taking on a series of Rat Races as well as the Man vs Series to challenge myself. As intense as this challenge is, I know it is nothing compared to the struggles faced by those living with blood cancer, so I am proud to be doing my part to raise money in their honour.

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Kurt Hobbs

Great North Run 2017 to raise money for Anthony Nolan

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Kurt Hobbs

Great North Run 2017 to raise money for Anthony Nolan

Biography

With a passion for life, a love of sport, a successful business and a wonderful wife and family, my bone marrow transplant has now given me a second chance at life and I could not be more grateful!

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

I boarded the rollercoaster of treatment, scans, illness, emotions and fear, not knowing what the outcome would be for me. In June 2016 I was offered a Bone Marrow Transplant from an un-related donor who kindly gave their bone marrow to give me the best chance of my cancer never returning. I want to give something back, a big thank you for giving me my second chance at life.

What are you doing to raise funds in aid of Anthony Nolan

It's still early days and my medication is on-going but I am determined to do the Great North Run in September 2017. It won't be easy but I enjoy a challenge and knowing I could help someone else just like me is so important to me.

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Kyle Jefferson

Greater Manchester Marathon 2017

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Kyle Jefferson

Greater Manchester Marathon 2017

Biography

I can honestly say this was one of the easiest decisions of my life after two of my close friends have been selected as successful matches from the Anthony Nolan register.

I have been made aware that its quite rare that two close mates be chosen as matches, and not only that, the efforts made by then both (Sean Hagan + Mike Shepherd) through donating their stem cells, as well as after is inspiring. So here's where I come in...

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

After meeting a recipient at a charity ball put on by Sean it really hit home what a great thing this organisation is doing. At the end of the day I feel people have the mentality that if they've not been affected by any illness or have not witnessed it close to home, they believe it isn't out there or choose not to acknowledge it. When you stand face to face with someone who has had their life saved through stem cell donations you realise this could happen to anybody, at any moment.

It's people like Sean and Mike and every single person who signs up that really inspires me to run this 26.2 miles no matter how hard it may be.

What are you doing to raise funds in aid of Anthony Nolan

Personally, I am 25 years old, play sports and count myself as quite a fit individual. However, after being in training for two months now its dawned on me that 26.2 miles is slightly further than I thought .... Like a lot of today’s younger generation at 18 I found beer and takeaways, so the hardest thing in prep so far has been cutting them both out!

Not only is this raising money for once again an unbelievable cause but it’s also changing my life for the better while doing so.

At the end of the day I look at it as not many people in this world can claim they've saved a life. Mike, Sean, and many, many more have selflessly done this. This is the least I could do, and I strongly encourage anyone to sign up and do this as well.

Wish me luck :)

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Stephen Reynolds

Valencia 10k

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Stephen Reynolds

Valencia 10k

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

A few years ago I lost my father to leukaemia and last year my cousin was also diagnosed. He received a bone marrow transplant with the help of Anthony Nolan last November and whilst he has a long way to go, he's doing well in his fight to beat the disease.

When I signed up for this run in Valencia and decided to try and raise some money for a good cause I spoke to my cousin and he made me aware of what Anthony Nolan had done for him and others and it was a no brainer for me after that to support.

What are you doing to raise funds in aid of Anthony Nolan

I wanted to run the Valencia 10k as I'd never run that far before and it felt like a challenging but achievable goal. We recently moved to Valencia and it seemed like the perfect time and place to try!

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Emma Munro

Great North Run 2016 & 2017

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Emma Munro

Great North Run 2016 & 2017

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Emma
Liverpool

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

I don't have any particular story as to why I have signed up with you guys only that I have been on the register for a number of years now and I simply want to do my bit to help out!

The work you all do is fantastic and any small amount I can do to help, I will. It also gives me the incentive to start exercising haha!

What are you doing to raise funds in aid of Anthony Nolan

Hi all, this will be my second Great North Run for Team AN. Last year was absolutely fantastic, I had the best day! I will be doing a few 5 and 10k runs in Liverpool leading up it as I did last year. So I'm really looking forward to GNR 2017 and I look forward to my cup of tea at the end! See you all there x

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George Arthur Bowman

Ongoing series of events during my campaign 'Why wait?'

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George Arthur Bowman

Ongoing series of events during my campaign 'Why wait?'

Biography

-Male
-24
-Loves the outdoors, loves travelling, loves views, loves life

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

On January 5th of this year a friend approached me explaining how one of her friends, Alice Byron, had been diagnosed with blood cancer and was in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.

My friend sent out a plea for all of us to register with the Anthony Nolan bone marrow donor list and spread the word. Having witnessed my sister battle with leukaemia from a young age I knew that the chances of finding a match were slim.

Eager to help in any way I could, within a week I had joined the list, received a 'spit-kit' and provided a saliva sample. 9 months later they had found a match and on 26th October I donated my bone marrow.

I dedicated this to Alice Byron because not everyone is fortunate to find a match; Alice fought the disease bravely for 12 months, she sadly passed away in July.

What are you doing to raise funds in aid of Anthony Nolan

The majority of people don't start fundraising, volunteering, or more importantly join the register until a friend or family member has been diagnosed with a disease. But why wait?

I didn't know Alice, I never met nor spoke with her but she has inspired me more than most, she recruited over a thousand people to join the register. Now I wish to help in carrying on her hard work, primarily by increasing awareness and inspiring others to join the register, and also by raising funds in aid of Anthony Nolan. The more donors they have, the more lives can be saved, why wait?..

On my campaign page you can find a library of posts, photos, and notes, which include information about Anthony Nolan, advice for signing up, and my events and milestones. If you would like to keep up to date with my posts, or my ongoing volunteering and fundraising, or perhaps you fancy seeing the video of my body wax, then please do head over to www.facebook.com/AverageBow and give it a like :)

Together we can stand up to cancer, because...why wait?

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Melanie Gibson

Skydive

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Melanie Gibson

Skydive

Biography

I am a working mum of 4, I live with my 4 children and my gorgeous partner Tony.

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

In 2014 my uncle became unwell. We just thought it was something to do with his finger, he had a nasty cut on it and had been prescribed antibiotics by his GP. At this time I had just had twins and my Mum (my uncle's sister with who he lives with ) was battling breast cancer.

One day I just knew something was wrong I rang one of his other sisters and told her he was just sleeping all the time, he became very weak. She got a taxi to the house, 1 look and she rang 999. At this point we still did not think it was anything serious.

By tea time that day the doctors told my uncle they thought he had leukaemia. We kept this from my Mum as we feared she would back out of her operation that was planned that week. After further test my uncle was diagnosed with leukemia and started chemotherapy and was told eventually he will need a bone marrow transplant.

They tested a couple of my auntie's for a match. 1 aunty was a match but because of health reasons decided he would be better of going to the Anthony Nolan list.

Anthony Nolan saved my uncle's life and as a family we wanted to give something back to them. He has now recovered and nearly back to his old self. He still goes to Newcastle once a fortnight and has just had his 100 day clear. His donor came from Wales.

We are so proud of both him and my mum who have both shown it can be beaten. As a family we want to thank Anthony Nolan for saving his life.

What are you doing to raise funds in aid of Anthony Nolan

I did a skydive for Anthony Nolan.

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Jason Branthwaite

Prudential Ride London 100

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Jason Branthwaite

Prudential Ride London 100

Biography

I'm a husband to one, father to two and a wannabe cyclist. I love movies, I'm a massive geek when it comes to The Simpsons (I can tell you the episode title after 10 seconds). I also love spending time with my family, whether at home or abroad.

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

In September 2015, my 15 month old son was diagnosed with very severe Aplastic Anemia. Without a bone marrow transplant he wouldn't live that long, due to the severity. Through Anthony Nolan, we found a match in Germany and Freddie had his transplant 2 months later. He came home for Christmas and discharged on the 27th December. We owe his life to Anthony Nolan.....and the kindness and generosity of his donor.