A man from Hertfordshire successfully swam the Serpentine to help those with blood cancer and blood disorders. Duncan Reid, from Abbots Langley, swam to fundraise for DKMS, a charity that recruits potential blood stem cell donors. He decided to raise funds and awareness of the charity after hearing about appeals for patients who were seeking a matching donor.
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 swim, Duncan said: “As a regular couch potato I felt that it was only right that I should do something to help sufferers from blood cancer, so when DKMS asked me to consider the Serpentine swim I felt duty called me to make the effort. I have known too many people taken too early by this evil disease. I knew I could swim a bit but doing the mile in open water was something different. Thank you to all those who sponsored me it made the effort very worthwhile.”
Praising Duncan for completing the marathon, Shadia Hameed, Community Fundraising Manager at DKMS, said: “It is wonderful, and so impressive, that Duncan took part in the Serpentine swim 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.”
You can find out more about the work of DKMS at: www.dkms.org.uk