This is a guest blog written by Michelle O'Shea-Sandwith
On the 1st of August 2012, my courageous husband Karl lost his fight against AML. We found out a week after our daughter celebrated her first birthday.
Karl was the strongest and fittest man I knew, it came as a complete shock and to Karl’s very last few seconds with us, we all believed he would pull through.
Karl was never one to shy away from things and never turned an opportunity down; he had a real zest for life. So when a group of his friends suggesting cycling 100 miles a day for 10 days to complete the John O’Groats to Lands End challenge to raise money for 3 causes, with Leukaemia and Lymphoma research being our main one, I (foolishly some may say!) jumped to the chance.
On the anniversary of Karl’s passing, 13 of us are setting off from John O’Groats and we hope to raise as much as possible for such an important cause. We have had special tops made with the charity name and our website on so hopefully people along the way can sponsor us.
We, as a collective effort of family and friends have been able to raise a terrific amount of money so far through organising a Zumbathon, an auction event and a band and DJ night and this will now be a continued effort each year I hope.
This incredibly sad situation has really opened our eyes and we’d like to help Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research into this terrible disease as much as possible and hope that our continued fundraising efforts will help future families and help find a cure to stop others suffering the way we are.
For more information about their fundraising please visit www.ridingforkarl.com