Following her husband and father’s death from blood cancer, a woman from Birmingham is preparing to cycle from London to Paris to raise funds for the charity DKMS. Jill Burgess from Water Orton in Birmingham will be embarking on her cycle on the 25th of July. She decided to raise funds for, and awareness of, the blood stem cell donor recruitment charity, following the death of her husband from Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and her father from leukaemia.
For many blood cancer 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 her fundraising, Jill said: “Having lost my father to leukaemia, and my first husband to Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, I can understand the struggles of battling with cancer and feel strongly about helping others to have the best chance possible. I am a keen cyclist and have decided to cycle from London to Paris to raise awareness of DKMS to hopefully get many more to join the blood stem cell register and to donate money to help this charity save many more lives."
Praising Jill for embarking on the cycle to raise funds for DKMS, Shadia Hameed, Community Fundraising Manager at the charity, said: “It is wonderful, and so impressive, that Jill is doing so much to help blood cancer patients. Not only will her cycle raise valuable funds for the charity, it will help 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 her late husband and father. I wish her all the best as she embarks on this epic cycle and hope her legs aren’t too sore afterwards.”
You can find out more about the work of DKMS at: www.dkms.org.uk