Staff and patrons of a private gymnasium in Birmingham are set to cycle 100 miles in the inaugural Velo Birmingham to raise funds for Cure Leukaemia. James McLaughlin, Dave Smallwood, Simon Beevers and personal trainer Marcus Alsop are taking part to support 33-year-old corporate solicitor Jenna Ostrowski who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia earlier this year.
Before her diagnosis Jenna, who lives in Moseley and works for KPMG, trained at the same gym on George Street in Edgbaston and the team of four cyclists are determined to raise vital funds in support of her. Marcus Alsop is her personal trainer said, ‘I’m really pleased to be able to support Cure Leukaemia by riding Velo Birmingham especially as Jenna is one of my clients.’
CEO of BT Local Business Dave Smallwood said, ‘All the cyclists doing the Birmingham Velo will have (hopefully) put many an hour of hard training in, and that’s tough! But it’s nowhere near as tough as being diagnosed with Leukaemia! Jenna’s a fighter and on those mornings when it’s cold and damp and I ask myself, why am I jumping on the bike again, it’s Jenna, all the other Leukaemia patients, and all the good that will come of the money we all raise for Professor Charlie Craddock CBE and his team, that makes me want to be part of this great cause!’
Dave’s colleague and Managing Director of BT Local Business Simon Beevers said, ‘No amount of suffering in the training process leading up to the event can compare to the what any individual with Leukaemia has to go through. I like all the others riding for the great cause are proud to be part of something special on the 24th September and know that any money we raise will assist in finding some solutions to aid others.’
Cure Leukaemia CEO James McLaughlin said, ‘Jenna’s determination to beat this disease and help others in the process is truly inspiring. We are taking on 100 miles on Sunday, which will be tough, but she would give anything to be alongside us I am sure. Every penny we raise will go towards helping patients just like Jenna so I urge people to give what you can to support a fantastic charity and a very inspiring woman.’
Jenna said, ‘It was a massive shock to be diagnosed with leukaemia earlier this summer and my life has since been turned upside down. However, I am determined to beat this hideous disease and help raise awareness and as much money as possible for Cure Leukaemia. When I heard that Marcus, James, Dave and Simon are cycling and fundraising in support of me, it was a huge boost. The support I have received since being diagnosed has been phenomenal and has made me even more determined to beat this. I’d like to wish the team the very best of luck for Sunday, I will be behind you all the way.'
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Cure Leukaemia's £1m Centre Appeal 2017