Taking on a sports challenge

27 Aug 2015

EEmma Hawkins, who took on a sports challenge for fundraise for blood cancer researchmma's story

“Darren was 11 days away from his 18th birthday when we lost him to acute myeloid leukaemia in March 2004.

He’d only been diagnosed 12 days before he died. 2014 marked ten years since he was last with us, and I wanted to raise money in his memory. Darren loved sport, so it felt right to take on the London Marathon.

I set my fundraising goal at £1,500, but as soon as I told people why I was running the donations kept coming in.

I was overwhelmed by the support and encouragement I received from friends, family and even complete strangers. It felt like everyone we knew wanted to help beat this disease – my mum raised £600 at a ‘coffee and cake’ evening, and a quiz night held by my mum’s work was a huge success.

Before I started training for the London Marathon I hadn’t run more than five miles, so this was a massive challenge for me. But I completed it in just under five hours, with friends and family cheering me on from the sidelines.

This was a very personal experience for my family – and it was my tribute to my big brother.”

Emma is funding new research discoveries

Emma’s target of £1,500 would pay for a research nurse to support one of our ground-breaking clinical trials for nearly two weeks, giving patients a hand to hold every step of the way as they test promising new treatments.

But because Emma raised over £6,000, she could fund a research nurse in one of our clinical trials for almost two months.

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