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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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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

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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

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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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Michelle Bennett

Manchester 10K

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Michelle Bennett

Manchester 10K

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I’m Michelle (the one holding the bear) and these are my brilliant friends, Stacy, Kane, Joanne & Diane. Together we make up ‘Team Beano’ and this year we all ran the Manchester 10K in aid of Anthony Nolan.

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

In 2014 my lovely husband Paul (aka Beano) was diagnosed with a blood cancer and needed a stem cell transplant. With the help of Anthony Nolan, a match was found and 2015 Paul was given the chance at life by his fabulous donor, Nicky. Paul was a real lionheart and he fought a hard battle but, unfortunately, the cancer returned in his 3rd year of remission, this time as a tumour which was untreatable. Sadly he passed away in June 2018.

However, without Anthony Nolan, Paul would have lost that battle within 7 months of diagnosis and we would have missed out on some fantastic escapades together and with our friends. I cherish those memories so much.

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

‘Team Beano’ was formed to participate in the Manchester 10K by Stacy, the daughter of Paul’s best friend since school days. She talked so passionately about why she wanted to raise funds for Anthony Nolan that myself, her brother, Kane, his wife Joanne and his mother in law Diane all signed up too. Stacy had run it once before but the rest of us were first timers and we all supported each other in our training and build up to the event.

For those of you wondering about the significance of the bear, that is Milo the Memory Bear, who came along as our mascot. I made him from some of Paul’s clothes and he travels to various places that Paul and me had planned to visit but didn’t get the chance.

Through the Just Giving page and Facebook posts from Milo, we were able to raise an amazing amount of money whilst increasing awareness about the fantastic work Anthony Nolan carry out to help people beat blood cancer.

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Emma and Leanne

The Great North Run 2019

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Emma and Leanne

The Great North Run 2019

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I’m Emma and this is my best friend Leanne.

We have been best friends for 20 years. We have been through so much together and seen each other through the best of times and the worst of times.

I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma at the age of 25 and I have relapsed 3 times since. I have been in remission since 2015 and Leanne has been a huge support to me through all of this.

I was privileged enough to stand on the sidelines of last year’s Great North Run to cheer the Anthony Nolan runners on. They inspired me to sign up to take part this year and Leanne being the fabulous friend she is agreed to do it with me.

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

In 2015 my best chance of survival was a stem cell transplant. Anthony Nolan found my donor in Portugal and facilitated my transplant. I wouldn’t be alive today if it wasn’t for my hero, a complete stranger, and the amazing charity that is Anthony Nolan.

I have experienced first hand how vital Anthony Nolan is and the importance of raising money in aid of them. And Leanne has been right there with me the whole way.

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

We hosted a Ceilidh earlier this year which was a huge success. Leanne has organised bake sales at her workplace and we regularly post updates on our Great North Run training along with explaining why raising money and awareness for Anthony Nolan is needed as blood cancer can affect anyone at any time.

We are nervous about the Great North Run but also excited and we will support each other all the way, just like we have throughout our friendship!

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Téa Oliver

Skydive

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Téa Oliver

Skydive

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I’m eighteen and a second year dance student training in London.

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

I decided to raise money for Anthony Nolan as my mum received a bone marrow transplant from a donor through the charity.

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

I wanted to do something daring so I chose to do a skydive to raise money and awareness for this life saving charity.

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Charlie Small

Madrid Marathon

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Charlie Small

Madrid Marathon

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I’m a civil servant based in London. Outside of work, I enjoy travelling, discovering new music and, of course, running.

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

I signed up for the register a few years ago when a case made the news, and I’ve always wanted to do more for the charity who do such fantastic lifesaving work.

Late last year, my cousin’s partner was diagnosed with leukaemia in the later stages of pregnancy- despite having no symptoms, it was found during a routine test. Fortunately, both baby and mother are doing well but I felt strongly that I should take on a new challenge to raise money for Anthony Nolan whose work makes a real difference to those with blood cancer.

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

This year I’ve tackled the Madrid Marathon. I’d done one marathon before about 5 years ago and swore never to do another one, but felt the itch to try one more time...

The race took place on the same weekend as London but it was slightly hotter and hillier! Whilst it went really well with a new personal best of 3hr 33m 31s I learnt an important lesson: don’t pour water over yourself without replacing sunscreen - whilst it worked to cool me down in the hottest part of the race, my shoulders are now somewhat burned!

I chose Madrid as I lived there for a couple of years before moving to London and it was where I started running and developed a love for it so it felt natural that I should go back there and try and run the whole 26 miles.

In the end, the race was fantastic and it was great to have the support from Becky in #TeamAN providing support throughout my training before the race!

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Louise and Ryan

Brentwood Half Marathon

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Louise and Ryan

Brentwood Half Marathon

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We're Louise (25) and Ryan (29), we live in London, and we started running to support our mental health in 2015. We don't run together (Ryan is much faster), but we always leave the house together...

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

Louise: I know exactly how lifesaving Anthony Nolan is, because I work in the Creative Studio team there! I adore my job and am inspired every day, so fundraising for Anthony Nolan was a no-brainer.

Ryan: We both joined the register in 2015, three years before Louise got her job at Anthony Nolan, so we knew about the charity for a while. We're both runners, so fundraising for something we're passionate about and involved in made sense!

Also I wanted an Anthony Nolan vest...

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

We ran the Brentwood Half Marathon 2019! Louise grew up in Brentwood so it's her home race, and the date marked a year since getting her dream job at Anthony Nolan. It was perfect.

The run was tough, but knowing we'd raised so much money that was going to quite literally save lives made it all worth it.

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Sef Semlali

Simplyhealth Birmingham 10k

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Sef Semlali

Simplyhealth Birmingham 10k

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I'm Sef, I am 21 years old and run my own business in the financial sector, teaching people how to make consistent returns on their investments through the financial markets. I am also a HUGE Manchester United fan. I am running the Simply Healthy Birmingham 10K with my brother Yass who is 23 years old and is a recruitment consultant in Manchester. He is a HUGE Arsenal fan, so there is a little bit rivalry at times.

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

We have chosen to support Anthony Nolan because we recently lost our mother to leukaemia and sepsis.

Our mom fought various infections, viruses and issues throughout treatment and the first transplant didn’t work, causing her body to react terribly. However, she managed to keep going despite everything she had been through and had a new lease of life after a 2nd stem cell transplant, which was donated by Yass.

Unfortunately, 12 months after her diagnosis, she contracted sepsis and sadly passed away within hours after her birthday.

Sadly, there are a lot of patients that never find matches and therefore are unable to have a transplant. Our mom was lucky to have 3 matches and lived 3x longer than the doctors expected because of this so we are raising funds and awareness to help.

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

We are running the Simplyhealth Birmingham 10K to raise funds in aid of Anthony Nolan and are excepting donations through our Just Giving page. We aim to raise £1,500.00! I will also be doing an interview for the Birmingham Live newspaper and The Great Run Company to raise further awareness and donations.

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James Elliott

Gran Fondo Costa del Sol cycle

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James Elliott

Gran Fondo Costa del Sol cycle

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My name is James and I took on the Gran Fondo Costa del Sol cycle in September 2018 to raise money for Anthony Nolan.

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

Anthony Nolan was kind enough to let me run the London marathon for you in 2002 and the New York one in 2004 so you have been one of my favourite charities ever since then. It’s a fantastic cause.

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

A work colleague passed away from leukaemia and so work were really generous towards my fundraising.

I am lucky to have generous friends. I just posted on FB a few times and sent out an email to some work contacts. I was a bit cheeky and asked family members (whom I suspected would donate quite generously) first so as to set the bar quite high and I just let competitive human nature take it from there. My sister actually ended up donating 3 times by mistake because she messed up on the web page but she was fine with it as she knew it was for a good cause.

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Lucy Botfield

Skydive

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Lucy Botfield

Skydive

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I'm Lucy. I'm 21 years old and I'm in my third year studying Psychology at university.

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

Anthony Nolan is a charity that I am already a donor for as I know they have done amazing work, helping people with blood cancer. I know a few people who have had their lives saved through the work that they do.

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

Even though I was a donor, I wanted to help even more, which is why I decided to do a charity skydive for Anthony Nolan. It's something I have always wanted to do but this way, it wouldn't just be for my benefit, many others would benefit from it as well.

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Harry Bygraves

Hamburg Ironman

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Harry Bygraves

Hamburg Ironman

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I have always been a sporty individual, where swimming ruled my life for many years! After competing at a high standard for a number of years, It was time to hang up my trunks and find something new! Well that happened the be the French alps! Now back in UK and working long days in the city, the routine of 4am wake up calls has come in handy for training.

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

AN was a no brainer when I chose my challenge for 2019. I joined the register back in 2015 after seeing the incredible work they do for people with blood cancer. With a statistic of a diagnosis every 14 minutes, like me many of you will have been touched by this awful disease and AN is definitely on the way to finding the cure.

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

My challenge for 2019 is the Ironman in Hamburg. I have competed in some triathlons over my time but this is going to be a tough one that’s for sure.

The Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 mile run totalling just over 140 in total. After being a spectator last year, I know first hand when the going gets tough this year the German crowd with definitely get me round for a great cause.

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Kate Walford

London Marathon and Great North Run 2019

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Kate Walford

London Marathon and Great North Run 2019

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I'm Kate, I'm 45 and enjoy life in Guernsey with my husband Andy, my 21 year old son Adam and my dog Buddy. I have recently found a passion for running (a bit late in life I know!) and enjoy taking on challenges that take me out of my comfort zone whilst raising money for charity.

I am about to take on the biggest challenge of my life – The London Marathon 2019, and I'm already signed up for the Great North Run, all in aid of this amazing charity.

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

By coincidence I ticked Anthony Nolan as a charity I would be interested in when I entered the VLM 2019 ballot back in April last year. Unfortunately, in June a very close friend of mine, Mark Fallaize, was diagnosed with MDS after being in remission for leukaemia, and Anthony Nolan were tasked with finding him a stem cell match. Mark did so much for the charity prior to his passing even when he was at his lowest, as well as giving me support for running the London Marathon. Prior to his treatment and transplant I promised I would carry on helping and raising money for the charity. Unfortunately infections got the better of Mark and he passed away in November 2018.

It is now my mission to do as much work and fund raising for Anthony Nolan in Mark's memory and make him proud. I also like to think that it is giving his family some comfort knowing we are doing much more for the charity which was his wish. Mark is missed everyday.

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

Fundraising has been one of the enjoyable parts of this challenge for me. Seeing the money you've raised build up and knowing how it will help someone in the future gives me such a buzz.

We have done various different fund raisers including a bucket shake out with the girls on a Friday night, bucket shakes outside our local supermarket, events organised for me by my close friends, and my main event was an afternoon tea for 100 people which raised £2,400. I was lucky that Mark was well enough to attend this event. I have also received numerous donations on line and from my employer. I have raised my fund raising target 3 times and am well on my way to raising £5,500+ - the public support in Guernsey has been phenomenal. I will carry on supporting Anthony Nolan for as long as I possibly can.

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Shaun Hamilton

Norfolk Coastal Trail Marathon

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Shaun Hamilton

Norfolk Coastal Trail Marathon

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I'm a Father of five, born and bred in Norfolk and I love everything about the Norfolk way of life. From walking, riding and other rural pursuits to spending quality time with my family.

I am also a keen angler, something I had in common with my late brother Jonathon. Some of my best memories are the time we spent together as children down by the river banks.

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

I wanted to support Anthony Nolan this year not only to raise vital funds, but to raise awareness of the complexities of blood cancers and the urgent and ongoing need for stem cell donors

Sadly, my brother passed away as a result of GvHD following transplant, but this year, I want to do something big to give back.

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

My brother gave everything in his fight against Leukaemia so I want to give everything to my challenge this year.

I'll be taking on the full Norfolk Coastal Trail Marathon in September, something that is a huge personal challenge to me and in an area of outstanding natural beauty which meant so much to me and my brother.

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Kiran Bhavra

Royal Parks Half Marathon 2018

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Kiran Bhavra

Royal Parks Half Marathon 2018

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I'm 21 years old, in my 3rd year of Biochemistry at the University of Nottingham and an aspiring doctor.

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

It's been over two years since I've been part of Marrow at University, and it has been the most valuable and rewarding experience of my life so far. The work Anthony Nolan does to help save the lives of those with blood cancers/disorders is extraordinary, and I always come away from every event feeling overwhelmed with appreciation for everything they do. Anthony Nolan makes saving lives fun and effortless, and I have met the nicest people along the way!

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

I was President of Nottingham Marrow where we raised over £700 and I am now part of the National Marrow committee as Expansions Coordinator. I have also recently ran my first Half Marathon for AN raising £500. My next aim is to run another Half in 2019 - and double the fundraising!

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David Seddon

Rutland 1/2 Marathon 17 Sept 2017

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David Seddon

Rutland 1/2 Marathon 17 Sept 2017

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19stone Aug 2015 and I but could just walk 1/4 to a half mile. By August 2016 I had lost 5 stone. September 2016 I ran and completed my 1st and in February 2017 my 2nd 60km triathlon. April 2017 I ran & finished my 1st 1/2 marathon being Sheffield. Ran my 2nd 1/2 Leeds 14 May 17. My 3rd will be Rutland 17 Sept 17 and my 4th on the 15 October 17 in Manchester.

I am going to 'have a go' at Manchester full April 2018 too.

Please would you sponsor me and share out my JustGiving page for me?

Thank you!

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Dave-Seddon?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=20170516_1_FundraisingTips3Days&utm_content=fundraising_email

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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

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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

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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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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?'

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-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

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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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Georgina Fort

Great North Run

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Georgina Fort

Great North Run

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My mum was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer in March 2014. A year ago I decided to start raising money for various charities that have contributed to her treatment.

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

This year I'm raising money for Anthony Nolan as my mum needed a stem cell transplant in September 2014 as part of her treatment. Although she was lucky that her brother was a match, it opened our eyes to the whole stem cell process and the huge search that is sometimes needed to find someone else a match

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Jason Branthwaite

Prudential Ride London 100

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Jason Branthwaite

Prudential Ride London 100

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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.

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Kayleigh & Laurence Rees/ Shanks

Everest Base Camp

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Kayleigh & Laurence Rees/ Shanks

Everest Base Camp

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On September 22nd we will be embarking on probably the biggest challenge of our lives …. trekking to Everest Base Camp!

This will obviously be a life changing experience for us both and we are SO excited, but due to the extremity of it we are hoping this will also help to raise a huge amount of money for Anthony Nolan, who we wanted to raise money for following the support they gave Laurence and his family through his Dad’s treatment.
Unfortunately Laurence’s Dad lost his battle with leukaemia, but we hope that by raising a much as possible for you we can help other families.

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Alastair Gallichan

The Grand Union Canal Race (Birmingham to London) 2017

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Alastair Gallichan

The Grand Union Canal Race (Birmingham to London) 2017

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Having completed my first marathon in 2009, I have gone on to run over 50 races up to distances of 100 miles; recently finishing my second Centurion race from London to Oxford. Following my father's life saving transplant for leukaemia (A.L.L.) in 2014, arranged by the incredible Anthony Nolan team, I now raise funds for their wonderful work and shall be doing so again in 2017 as I run from Birmingham to London along The Grand Union Canal, a distance of 145 miles.