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15
Jan
Triple marathon challenge for Russell

written by

Leukaemia Care, Charity

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Financial adviser Russell, aged 53, was initially diagnosed with aplastic anaemia, a rare form of blood cancer, in June 2009 after he had been suffering from extreme fatigue and bruising on his body. However, after undergoing many blood and platelet transfusions and bone marrow biopsies, he was eventually diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a type of bone marrow failure, in November 2009, whereby the only cure was a bone marrow transplant.

He received two unsuccessful transplants from an unknown donor, but the third one from his 15 year-old son, Luke on November 3rd 2010, was a success.

This year, as a thank you to the charities who supported him through his diagnosis and treatment and to raise awareness of blood cancer and MDS in particular, Russell will be taking part in the Rome Marathon in March, the Virgin Money London Marathon in April and the Edinburgh Marathon in May. He will be running to raise money for a selection of charities including Leukaemia CARE, MDS UK Patient Support Group, and Anthony Nolan.

Russell said: “In November 2013, on the third anniversary of my third transplant, I decided that I wanted to run three marathons in 2014 for three very worthy charities close to my heart. I am thrilled to have been offered a place in the Marathon by Leukaemia CARE and the funds raised will go some way to supporting the charities that have done so much to support me. I owe so much to Anthony Nolan as without them, I really wouldn’t be here today.”

If you would like to support Russell on his marathon hat-trick quest, you can do so on his online giving pagehttp://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RussellCook