Following the lives of several people close to her being affected by blood cancer, a woman from Nottingham is in training to run the Thames Path Challenge to raise funds for charity. Becky Muggridge from Beeston will take part in the run for blood cancer charity DKMS in September. She decided to raise funds for, and awareness of, the blood stem cell donor recruitment charity, following the death of father-in-law, Tony, from leukaemia and her cousin’s baby son, Alfie, being diagnosed with leukaemia this year.
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. As well as fundraising, Becky has set herself the challenge of recruiting 50 potential lifesavers by the time she embarks on her run on the 10th of September.
Speaking about her fundraising and recruitment campaign, Becky said: “Our families were really shocked that both Tony and Alfie failed to find a matching blood stem cell donor on the UK register, and had to rely on donors from Germany. My 50km run training has been tough, but I have been overwhelmed by the support from my friends and family signing up to the register. If we are able to provide a match for even one person, that would make every mile worthwhile.”
Praising Becky for embarking on the run and donor recruitment campaign, Shadia Hameed, Community Fundraising Manager at DKMS, said: “It is wonderful, and so impressive, that Becky is taking part in the run to help blood cancer patients. Not only will she raise valuable funds for the charity, she is helping 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 Tony, her late father-in-law, and to support her cousin and little Alfie.”
You can find out more about the work of DKMS at: www.dkms.org.uk