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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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Naomi Estall

Skydive

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Naomi Estall

Skydive

Biography

I have just turned 24 years old, work as a Digital Marketing Executive for Crescent Motorcycles and am highly ambitious as well as being a bit of an adrenaline junkie!

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

For my nan and every other patient who's battled / battling this evil disease.

I have chosen to support Anthony Nolan in memory of my nan, Lavinia Estall who sadly passed away from Acute Myeloid Leukaemia at the beginning of 2016.

I've witnessed first hand how quickly life can change due to a diagnosis of blood cancer and how it effects everyone, not just the patient. Anthony Nolan are doing everything I wish I could have done at the time to take the suffering away from my nan and my loved ones and that's why I'm fully on board with this incredible cause.

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

I have recently done a skydive from 13,000 feet and plan on doing an endurance challenge next year to keep the fundraising going.

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Nichola Williams

Triple Snowdon Challenge

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Nichola Williams

Triple Snowdon Challenge

Biography

A happy and healthy 31 year old, who loves nothing more than making special memories with my wonderful husband, family and friends. I've learnt life really is a gift, so it's important to try not to let the 'hard times' get in the way of the 'good times'!

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

At the age of 3, I was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called Congenital Neutropenia (aka Cotman's Syndrome), which basically meant my bone marrow was a bit rubbish at producing white blood cells (the good soldiers), which help us fight daily germs.

I had daily GCSF injections to help boost my immune system, and spent many years filled with countless trips to hospital, admissions with various infections and concoctions of every antibiotic I think is on offer - but if I'm honest, despite all of this, my childhood and early years felt pretty 'normal'...I guess that['s because I didn't know any different?

I always knew there was something 'dodgy' about my blood, but as a child I seemed to just get on with it and didn't really feel any different from others...until in my early 20s, I realised just how serious my disorder was. My professor told me my latest bone marrow test (which I had annually) showed a cell mutation meaning I was likely to develop AML (Acute Myeloid Leukaemia) in the near future...

In 2010, I was offered a Bone Marrow Transplant, not only to cure my life long blood disorder but to prevent me from developing AML. Just WOW!

That is when Anthony Nolan came in. They're ground breaking research enabled them to find an unrelated match for me... all the way from Italy! So, in the Summer of 2011 my body was zapped with intense Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy in preparation for my brand new healthy immune system to be put in...

I'm pleased to say the transplant went extremely well and thanks to the Anthony Nolan and everyone else involved, I now live a healthy and infection free life, with an Italian twist :) And I intend on making the most it!

Words will never be able to express how grateful I am... to be given a second chance and literally a new lease of life, how can one ever repay that? One way I have decided to show my appreciation however is to try and raise money and awareness for this incredible charity.

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

My amazing husband, Ross, and I have been raising awareness and money for Anthony Nolan since I gained some strength back after my intense treatment and transplant.

Our first stop was a 5k run, which a group of our friends also took part in with us - it felt truly incredible having them all by our side. We then took part in 2 x 10k runs, in consecutive years. My fitness felt good (at last) but it was clear I wasn't a born runner - but despite disliking running (and being pretty pants at it), I felt the need to do more.

So, last year we ran THE London Marathon!! I still can't believe to this day we did this. But we did. And wow, what an experience! Can't say I'll be doing it again if I'm honest (ha) but the journey was such a huge milestone for me and I feel honoured to have taken part in it - and most importantly raise vital funds and further awareness for Anthony Nolan.

With my running days behind me (for a while), we thought we'd mix it up a little for our next challenge.

Next month, Ross and I will be taking part in the Triple Snowdon Challenge, consisting of Cycling, Kayaking and Trekking up Mount Snowdon. We really can't wait for this next adventure... and there's no running. Bonus!

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Vikki Roberts-Caiger

Lakesman iron distance triathlon & more!

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Vikki Roberts-Caiger

Lakesman iron distance triathlon & more!

Biography

I’m a 37 year old Personal Trainer from Crowthorne in Berkshire. I love running, cake, my cat and husband Dean (not in that order), who always encourages and sometimes joins me in my challenges.

Why have you chosen to support Anthony Nolan?

I was contacted by the charity last year as a potential match for someone who I turned out to be a 10/10 match for. I’ve since donated stem cells and white blood cells.

Now I’m back to full strength want to challenge myself and raise funds to further help the charity to continue the amazing work they do.

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

I have already completed the Brighton Marathon (challenged myself to get a new PB and achieved it!), Swimathon 5k and the Outlaw Half Triathlon.

I’m taking on Lakesman iron distance triathlon, my biggest ever challenge, followed by RideLondon 100 and Swim Serpentine later in the year.
I’m not a natural swimmer and a novice cyclist so this has been a huge challenge!

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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

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

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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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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

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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

Biography

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.

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Haydn Squibb

London Marathon

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Haydn Squibb

London Marathon

Biography

I would like to call myself a Marathon runner after conquering my first in 2015, but alas, I'm far from it! I run for the love of a friend I lost, not because I want an amazing time; the medals aren't bad I guess!!
I work in Digitial Marketing and in my spare time, I run SquibbVicious.com where I chat about food and fitness. I also make videos for YouTube.
I enjoy eating burgers, dancing like no one is watching and having the most fun a girl could have!