After another great couple weeks with Cure Leukaemia I thought it was time to update my blog again. Much of my first week was taken up by our continued preparation for the Bupa Great Birmingham Run as we keep pushing to get as many people as possible signed up to Team Cure Leukaemia. However, while I continue to panic about my own ability to run 13 miles I was able to witness Pete Gough’s colossal achievement in running 310 miles from Celtic Park to Villa Park. Pete is a remarkable man but what makes his effort even more special is that he was inspired to do this by a man that he didn’t know personally. Following the diagnosis of Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov with acute Leukaemia in March 2012, an event that has inspired many Villa fans to raise money and awareness of the disease, Pete decided he had to do something for his club captain. If you’d still like to donate to Pete to show him your appreciation for such an immense effort then please go to his Just Giving page and donate what you can: http://www.justgiving.com/pete-gough3
I also had the great pleasure of meeting Sandeep Nagra at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as me and my colleague Joe got our first look at the Leukaemia ward there. Although I went into the visit with a good degree of trepidation knowing how devastating Leukaemia can be the one thing that really struck me about my visit was the unbelievably upbeat atmosphere about the ward. The nurses have an extremely difficult (and no doubt heart breaking) job to do but I saw nothing but smiles from every single one of them. One person who encapsulates this positivity is a Cure Leukaemia funded Specialist Bone Marrow Consultant called Sandeep. She is an absolutely exceptional woman both for her strength of character and passion for her patients. She took us to visit two of her patients on the ward, both of which were also a pleasure to meet, showing friendliness and optimism even when recalling their complicated and difficult treatments. However, some patients aren’t so lucky and so we can never rest on our laurels when it comes to raising money to fight Leukaemia.
With this inspiration fresh in my mind I’ve been running harder than before and have now reached the 5 mile mark. Although I haven’t started timing myself on my runs I’m getting enough of a buzz off completing them without collapsing that I’m not too fussed how long it’s taking me. I hope everyone’s preparations are going as well and although you cannot all come round the ward please take my word for it that every single penny raised for Cure Leukaemia is vital to help a wonderful team of medical staff to combat this awful disease.
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