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Lisa Ford

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  • Lisa Ford

My name is Lisa Ford, I am 36 and I live in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

My 7-year-old daughter Rosie was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) on 16th December 2015. Our lives were completely turned upside down that day; we were terrified and we knew very little about leukaemia and what to expect.

The next few days were a blur, but keeping Rosie happy and unaware of our fears was always the priority. Rosie and I lived in the Leeds General Infirmary for 5 months. She underwent four rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. We celebrate Rosie' s 1 year post-transplant on April 15th.

Rosie remained brave throughout; she is such a strong little girl. We have amazing family and friends who supported us at every turn, but not everybody is that lucky. I am running the London Marathon for Leukaemia CARE who are dedicated to helping patients and family of those affected by blood cancer 24-hours a day. These charities need all the help we can give them so that they can keep offering their invaluable services, because nobody knows when they might need them.

I have run the Great North Run twice, also for children's cancer charities, but this is my first marathon. I have to say, I am nervously excited about London. I have followed a 'Runners World' training plan and, with help from my running buddies, I feel on course for April 23rd! I have run a couple of 20-mile runs and, although they were tough, I feel confident. The early morning runs in the dark, cold, sleet and rain weren’t much fun but nothing compares to the treatment plan the patients go through. 

I have raised over £2,000 so far by holding a race night and a ‘date and dine’ night, both really well supported. 

Rosie is now back at school with her pals, going to ballet on a Saturday and occasionally swimming on a Sunday. We appreciate every day, every opportunity and each other more than I ever thought possible. 

Through all of this we have kept our courage and our smiles. Now, we want to help others to do the same.

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