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Five LLR supporters that will make you smile

Andy Jackson
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11 Jul 2013

Thanks to the research and clinical trials that you've been funding, survival rates and blood cancer patients' quality of life is increasing . As a thank you to you all here are five supporters that will make you laugh and smile in equal measure:

1. Shiv Meaker

Diagnosed with Hodgkin Lympoma in the summer of 2012, Shiv has never looked back since being given the all clear earlier this year. Last month she completed the Team Meaker 100 miler - a 100 mile cycle challenge over the course of three weekends - raising more than £2000 for the charity. She is currently in training for a half marathon but is perhaps best known for being 'the lady of many faces', dressing up in all manner of costumes from Elvis to the Incredible Hulk.

Read more about Shiv's post-lymphoma fundraising endeavours

Read Shiv's patient story

 

2. Joe Smale

First diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at the age of just two, Joe beat leukaemia not once, not twice but three times before his life saving bone marrow transplant in 2011. Since then Joe has become one of our most active supporters. Over the past couple of years he's taken part in the London Bikeathon, sailed around the Isle of Wight with Dame Ellen MacArthur and carried the Olympic Torch on its way to the Olympic Stadium. Joe wants to work for the charity when he's older and was in the office last week did on work experience where, amongst other things, he ate an entire jar of pickled cockels to complete his Pledgeit challenge:

Watch Joe carrying the Olympic Flame

Read Joe's patient story

 

3. Dr Vicky Forster

Vicky was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia on New Year's Eve in 1994 at the age of just 7. That's not held her back though. Since successfully completing her treatment for leukaemia, Vicky has gone on to become a cancer research scientist at the Northern Institute of Cancer Research in Newcastle, leading our fight against blood cancer from the front line. She's also done a number of fundraising challenges for LLR including last year's Great North Run and the Berlin Marathon and is the proud holder of a PhD in the genetics of acute myeloid leukaemia, becoming a minor twitter celebrity on the day of her graduation when her tweet: 'Dear Cancer I beat you aged 8, and today I got my PhD in cancer research. Take that’ was retweeted more than 13,000 times!

Read Vicky's patient story

 

4. Federica Nardella

Diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2007, Federica Nardella, then 20, had only just moved to England from Italy to start her degree. After successfully completing he treatment, Federica, AKA Crazy Joan, is now fulfilling a life long dream as a professional musician. Much of her music feeds upon the dark moments of her treatment and she dedicates part of her earnings to the charity to help us in the fight to beat blood cancer including all proceeds from her latest single, 'I'm like the wind.'

Read more about Federica's album

Read Federica's patient story 

 

5. Geoff Thomas

No list of inspirational survivors would be complete without the name of Geoff Thomas. Since his life saving bone marrow transplant for chronic myeloid leukaemia in 2003, ex-professional footballer Geoff has been tireless in his efforts to help us beat blood cancer. He's cycled the Tour de France route twice, set up the Geoff Thomas Foundation, launched a campaign to get football clubs around the country to support the fight against leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma and Give Blood Cancer the Red Card and successfully cycled to Everest base camp from the very base of the Himalayas. Truly Unstoppable.

Read more about Geoff and the Geoff Thomas Foundation