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Fundraiser of the month: June - Devon Ashton

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04 Jul 2011

2011 Rome and London Marathons, Eton Supersprints, and the Windsor and London Triathlons!

Devon decided to set herself an amazing Marathon and Triathlon challenge in support of her dear friend Wongun Choi.

Wongun was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in March 2009. It was a very shocking diagnosis as he was young and fit, and a complete gym fanatic. However because he was young and fit the prognosis was optimistic. He underwent four rounds of intensive chemotherapy treatment over the course of five months, which eventually put him into remission in September 2009. Unfortunately he relapsed in December and underwent a further two rounds of chemotherapy, again putting him into remission. But his fight with AML continued and he relapsed in June this year. As he had now relapsed twice in the space of a year, and the fact that his cancer was extremely aggressive, meant he was given a prognosis of a further 3-6 months to live. Since July he had been at home with his partner Salema, and had been enjoying each day as much as he could. Wongun's fight with AML finally ended on Friday 29 October 2010. He will be deeply missed by anyone who was privileged enough to meet him or spend any time with him.

Devon sums up the experience by saying: "Life can be cruel, unfair, unabashedly harsh. Thirty years ago, if someone was diagnosed with Leukaemia it automatically felt like a death sentence but since then there has been great progress in understanding how the disease works and how it can be best treated, and cured. There are over 110,000 people in the UK with a blood condition. It is an extremely awful disease and it can rip everyone involved apart but the more we can all do to help raise not only funds to continue this important, and much needed research but also awareness of the disease the better chance of those diagnosed of long term survival.

Please give generously to this amazing charity. They not only research, but they have been an amazing support to Wongun and Salema through this incredibly difficult time. Any donation, large or small counts and will be very gratefully received."

View Devon’s JustGiving page

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