Jon Lawrence is running the Great South Run on 30 October, to show his support for his friend and colleague Alan McDairmant, and to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Alan discovered a lump in his groin in April this year. His GP suspected a hernia but an ultrasound and CT scan revealed it was likely to be lymphoma, and within a month Alan was diagnosed with stage 4 follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Everything happed very quickly – Alan had always been healthy and cancer was certainly not something he imagined dealing with at the age of 39. Alan and his wife Clare were also expecting their third child in September. Coming to terms with his cancer was hard, but the prognosis was good and Alan and Clare were hopeful that advances in this area meant he would live for many years to come.
Alan’s treatment started in June and his chemotherapy was manageable, so he has been able to work part time, and when Alan’s new daughter Lily was born she was a ray of sunshine in difficult times. Electronic Arts Limited and Criterion Games, the video game development studio where Jon and Alan work, have also been extremely supportive during Alan’s diagnosis and treatment.
This month Alan had the good news that he is responding well to treatment and is due to finish chemotherapy in November. Alan says, "I am so grateful to Jon for running the Great South Run on my behalf and raising much needed funds. I’ve always been impressed by Jon’s positive attitude and strength of character but this is truly inspiring".
Jon has also taken part in various other runs for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. This is his third Great South Run, and it means so much more to him as he is running for Alan. Jon says, "Alan and I worked together and formed a close friendship as well, so it was a real shock to find out Alan had been diagnosed with follicular lymphoma. To go through his treatment and deal with the birth of a new child is testament to the hard work and determination that Alan has shown ever since I have known him, so it is an honour to run for him, and raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research".
Everyone at their work has got behind them and so far Jon has raised over £3,000, with Electronic Arts promising to match every penny raised, which will bring them to over £6,000. The company have also helped push up fundraising by sending out emails to the whole studio in Guildford.
Jon will be running alongside his own wife Helen and brother Mark and will be supported by friends and work colleagues on the day. Look out for Alan at the run, wearing a specially commissioned shirt made by Criterion Games promoting Alan, their companies and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
You can sponsor Jon online at www.justgiving.com/jonlawrence4