Sheffield and soon-to-be Commonwealth Games swimmer Lewis Coleman has become Sports Ambassador for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
The swimmer, who will represent England at Glasgow 2014, will use his sporting expertise to help raise awareness of blood cancer and highlight the importance of clinical trials.
Earlier this year, Lewis organised a fundraising event for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research following his mother’s diagnosis with leukaemia.
The event, Swim4Leukaemia, saw 100 of Britain’s finest swimmers come together to win the Guinness World Records 100 x 100m swimming relay title, and raise over £25,000 for the blood cancer charity.
Lewis’s mum, Mags, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in June 2012. Her initial chemotherapy was unsuccessful, and she was entered onto a clinical drugs trial before undergoing a bone marrow transplant in 2013.
Lewis said: “My world was rocked when Mum was diagnosed with leukaemia and I wanted to do my bit so that more people can have access to new drugs and clinical trials. It's a real honour for me to become Sports Ambassador for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. The charity does amazing work researching blood cancer, and I have seen first-hand what its great work can do to help save lives. I'm really excited to be part of that.”
Emma Jones, regional manager for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, added:
“We are delighted that Lewis has agreed to become our Sports Ambassador as he is an inspiration to so many of our supporters. His Swim4Leukaemia event highlighted to so many people what he and his family had gone through, and the importance of funding clinical drugs trials. It was a pleasure to support Lewis in his first fundraising journey for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. We were all inspired by his tenacity and ability to make things happen.”
Later this month, Lewis will represent England at the Commonwealth Games in the 200m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley, and the 4x200m Freestyle Relay.