Run stories: Andrew Holt


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Former International swimmer Andrew Holt from Worcester is currently battling Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) on ward 625 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham (QE).

 

 

His daughter’s boyfriend Aidan Dauncey is set to run in the elite wave of the Morrisons Great Birmingham Run on Sunday to raise funds for Cure Leukaemia in support of Andrew.

 

Andrew used to swim for Wales and Great Britain alongside Olympic Gold medalist Duncan Goodhew and has always been fit and healthy throughout his life so his diagnosis came as a huge shock.

 

“We were on a sailing holiday in Greece and I started to feel unwell and unusually short of breath when I was swimming. Luckily we were with a good friend Professor Kathy Pritchard-Jones who is an oncologist in London.”

 

“She recommended a blood test in Greece and I was quickly diagnosed with AML. I was flown via air ambulance straight to the QE where I have been ever since.”

 

“I’ve had 11 weeks of treatment and three different types of chemotherapy. Thankfully, my sister is an exact match to me and I am due to start a bone marrow transplant tomorrow so I am hopeful of a full recovery.”

 

“I have always been fit and healthy and swam all over Europe for Wales and Great Britain so I never expected anything like this to happen to me. It was a massive shock.”

 

“It’s as much a mental challenge as a physical one and thankfully I’ve had the support of my family and friends throughout. I’m incredibly grateful to the doctors and nurses here at the hospital and to charities such as Cure Leukaemia for everything they do to help people like myself.”

 

 

“Duncan Goodhew is a good friend and has obviously been supportive.

 

We used to swim a lot together and my claim to fame is that he has never beaten me swimming butterfly!”

 

Aidan Dauncey is really looking forward to running in Team Cure Leukaemia this weekend and is determined to raise as many funds as possible for the charity.

 

“I’ve run the Great Birmingham Run before but this year will be different and more emotional. My mother and sister are running too and I really hope we can raise significant funds for Cure Leukaemia.

 

It’s a tough course and the hill comes right near the end of the race but whatever pain we feel as runners is nothing compared to what people like Andrew are going through.”

 

Andrew said, “I’m really proud of Aidan, he’s a very fit lad and I’m sure he will do really well and I hope he can raise lots of money for this great charity.” 

 

If you would like to donate to Aidan's Just Giving page in support of Andrew click

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