A woman from Fife has successfully taken part in a warrior challenge to help those with blood cancer. Louise Russell from Crossgates took part in the Total Warrior 12 kilometre obstacle challenge in North Berwick to fundraise for DKMS, the charity that recruits potential blood stem cell donors. She decided to raise funds for and awareness of the charity following the death of her brother this year.
Martin, Louise’s brother, had leukaemia but went into remission following treatment. He was almost finished his treatment when he caught the flu. Sadly he then died as a result of pneumonia and sepsis which was caused by his treatment for leukaemia.
Speaking about her support for the charity, Louise said: “Martin was really interested in the charity DKMS and planned to raise awareness when he got through his last treatment and out of hospital, when it was all behind him. I feel it's only right to do as much of this for him now as possible since that option was taken away. Total Warrior was a great laugh and such a good way to raise funds and awareness of such a fantastic charity.”
Praising Louise for completing the Total Warrior challenge for DKMS, Shadia Hameed, Community Fundraising Manager at DKMS, said: “It is wonderful, and so impressive, that Louise took part in this challenge to help blood cancer patients. Not only has she raised valuable funds for the charity, she helped to raise awareness of the importance of registering as a potential blood stem cell donor and recruiting people to help save lives. It is also a wonderful way to pay tribute to her brother.”