A man from Barry successfully completed the Chester marathon to help those with blood cancer and blood disorders. Paul Kerslake ran the marathon to fundraise for DKMS, a charity that recruits potential blood stem cell donors. He decided to raise funds and awareness of the charity following the death of his father from Myelofibrosis, a bone marrow disorder.
For many blood cancer and blood disorder patients, a blood stem cell donation is their only chance of survival but many patients in the UK never find the lifesaving blood stem cell donor match they need. DKMS works to improve the chances of those seeking matching donors to save their lives by recruiting potential stem cell donors to increase the pool of donors.
Speaking about his fundraising, Paul said: “It was a privilege to run the Chester marathon for DKMS, a charity which is close to my heart. As someone who is on the blood stem cell donor list, it is vital that we raise awareness and increase the numbers to give those affected by blood cancer and blood disorders as high a chance as possible. As for the marathon itself, it was my first and I finished in 4 hours 6 minutes, but really enjoyed the challenge and I’m sure I’ll be fundraising for DKMS again in the near future… once my legs stop aching!”
Praising Paul for completing the marathon, Shadia Hameed, Community Fundraising Manager at DKMS, said: “It is wonderful, and so impressive, that Paul took part in the marathon to help those in need of a blood stem cell donation. Not only has he raised valuable funds for the charity, he has helped to raise awareness of the importance of registering as a potential blood stem cell donor. It is also a wonderful way to pay tribute to his late father.”
You can find out more about the work of DKMS at: www.dkms.org.uk