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03
Apr
Sonic the Hedgehog to pound pavement in London Marathon

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Leukaemia Care, Charity

  • Lewis Griffiths

It takes dedication, strength and discipline to run a gruelling 26.2-mile marathon course. But it takes something else to complete the challenge wearing a sweltering head-to-toe fancy dress costume.

However, this hasn’t stopped 22-year-old Lewis Griffiths, from York, who will running this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon in a 5kg Sonic the Hedgehog  costume.

Lewis is running for us as he knows all too well the impact a blood cancer diagnosis can have on people – both at the time of diagnosis and post treatment, after his cousin was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of 19.

Whilst his cousin has now been cured of leukaemia, he will need multiple hip replacements, a late effect of chemotherapy treatment, which can affect bone density. Late effects are uncommon, but can be experienced by some people following chemotherapy treatment.

Lewis is also taking on the feat to help with his own personal rehabilitation after several operations on his right leg since the age of 17 as a result of football injuries.

Lewis said: “I am so pleased to be running for Leukaemia CARE and cannot wait for race day. From my cousin’s experience, I know that blood cancers can be beaten but the after effects of treatment can impact on people’s lives for a long time after recovery.

“Leukaemia CARE support people at the time of diagnosis and beyond, and help people to deal with issues that may affect them after treatment. As well as this, I wanted to get my confidence back and what better way than running 26 grueling miles to test myself, whilst also raising money for charity?” 

If you’d like to show your support you can donate via Lewis’ online giving page http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LewisGriffiths1