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Chris Rogers

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Leukaemia Care, Charity

  • Chris Rogers

After feeling unwell for several months, Chris Rogers was diagnosed with myelofibrosis in 2007 just before he and his wife were about to retire to the Menorcan countryside. He was given a prognosis of 3 to 15 years. But in 2009 he was given the chance of a stem cell transplant and now, six years later, he remains in remission.  Chris hasn’t let his diagnosis hold him back. Running became part of Chris’ life and has raised thousands of pounds for Leukaemia CARE after taking part in multiple 5k, 10k and half marathons since his transplant. His dream to run a full marathon was finally achieved on the 9th November 2014 when he took part in the Athens Marathon. 

Chris says: “The transformation has been enormous. From the early days of only being able to sleep propped up on the sofa to avoid the pain from trying to get in and out of bed to now being able to run at least 20k every week. Running has now become part of my life - always mindful of the physical risks of pushing too hard but the realisation that time never stands still.”

His advice to other patients is this: “I know your journey will bring many painful and truly horrible days. Never lose sight of a way forward even though there may be times you will need to give in. Never give up, there must always be hope - life truly is worth holding onto.  If life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life you have a thousand reasons to smile.”

“A huge THANK YOU to everyone who sponsored me for Leukaemia CARE. The donations and support from friends and family have already benefited many people at a critical stage of their lives both physically and mentally. Your help has been fantastic.”