2015 promises to be a really exciting year for the regional fundraising team at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and we’re thrilled to be partnering with more running events than ever before, giving you the chance to take part in some incredible events! To inspire you, we’d like to tell you about Laura Battle, who's taking part in the Edinburgh Marathon this year in support of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Laura, who's celebrating two years in remission from stage 2b Hodgkin lymphoma, is running the Edinburgh Marathon for us this May. Laura was 27 when she was first diagnosed and says; “I was shocked when the consultant told me. I knew that's what it could have been at worst but initially I was being checked for TB as I'd been travelling. So it came as a massive shock.”
Laura received treatment at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh and her friends and family were amazingly supportive throughout this time. Laura, however, recognised that the treatment for blood cancer can still be a lonely journey; it’s difficult for other to understand how the treatment and side effects make you feel. Laura felt that cancer stripped her of her identity and confidence, she looked and felt different, but she felt that she had no choice but to stay positive and keep fighting. Laura was helped through the process by the support of other patients that she met along her journey.
When Laura achieved remission it was a huge relief for her and her family and she started to slowly get her life back on track. And what better way for Laura to celebrate than by setting herself the challenge of taking on the Edinburgh Marathon?
“When I was sick I had absolutely no energy, so if I can do this, anybody can! Without the great work of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, I for one wouldn't be here today.” Laura’s reasons for supporting Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, however, aren’t wholly related to her own treatment. Very sadly her best friend’s Dad is currently suffering from mantle cell lymphoma, so the Edinburgh Marathon will prove poignant for Laura for so many reasons.
If you’ve been inspired by Laura’s story and her courage and would like to run for us to beat blood cancers this year, please read on for some exciting ideas for you.
If you fancy a challenging course, why not sign up for the Leeds Half Marathon, an event that’s going from strength to strength? If you’re looking to run a bit further, have you thought about heading up to Edinburgh for the ever-popular Edinburgh Marathon Festival? It’s a fantastic event and you can choose a distance to suit you, an event where you can choose between the full marathon and a number of smaller distances.
If you’ve always wanted to meet Nessie and take in the Scottish Highlands, sign up for the picturesque Baxters Loch Ness Marathon.
Perhaps the Scotland runs aren’t for you though? If not, why not head to Wales for a flat and fast half marathon in the capital, the Cardiff Half Marathon.
If you’re looking for stunning sea views, how about signing up for the Bournemouth Marathon Festival with various events on offer from the marathon to the 5km?
Or how about a family fun event? Join our unstoppable team at the Great Midlands Fun Run in 2015 for a run, jog or walk at Royal Sutton Coldfield.
If you really want to push yourself to the limit, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research has been named as the official charity partner for the Isoman Triathlon 2015 and our Bromsgrove Branch would be there to support you on the day. If the whole triathlon is too much, don't worry: you can sign up for just one element, either the swim, cycle or run.
With various distances available, there really is something available for everyone! So join Laura in one of our new sports events this year and help us beat blood cancer.