Following the death of a close family friend from blood cancer, a mother and son from Suffolk successfully completed a triathlon to raise funds for the charity DKMS. Bonk and Dan Tasker from Bury St Edmunds raised over two thousand pounds for DKMS by taking part in the London Triathlon on the 7th of August. They decided to raise funds for, and awareness of, the blood stem cell donor recruitment charity, following the death of their friend Nick Davis from leukaemia last November.
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 their fundraising, Bonk and Dan said:
“We did the triathlon in memory of a great family friend, Nick Davis, who contracted acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in December 2013 and very sadly died in November 2015 after an incredibly brave and humbling battle with this dreadful disease.”
Praising Bonk and Dan for embarking on the triathlon to raise funds for DKMS, Shadia Hameed, Community Fundraising Manager at the charity, said:
“It is wonderful, and so impressive, that Bonk and Dan took part in the triathlon to help blood cancer patients. Not only did they raise valuable funds for the charity, they helped to raise awareness of the importance of registering as a potential blood stem cell donor. It is also a lovely way to pay tribute to their late friend.”
You can find out more about the work of DKMS at: www.dkms.org.uk