John Applebee was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in 1988 and had a bone marrow transplant at Hammersmith Hospital in London a year later. He has been in remission ever since.
Since recovering he has raised over £10,000 in support of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research by taking on a series of marathons and epic challenges, including running three marathons in three days and four half-marathons in a day!
John says: "Despite my excellent recovery after my bone marrow transplant, I was told by doctors that because of the rigours of my treatment, my lungs would never fully recover.
But now I feel fitter than ever before and I’ve taken on dozens of events. I hope that by seeing my progress, other people with leukaemia will realise that they can make a full recovery. I am not naïve enough to think that everyone with leukaemia will survive but I want to show that everyone who does can have a good quality of life.
Life doesn’t have to stop when you’ve been diagnosed with blood cancer. Those battling against leukaemia can recover and be fitter and healthier than they ever were. It’s all about showing people that it’s possible to get over it and do these mad things.
I am really grateful for everyone’s support over the years. Hopefully I can keep going and manage to raise another £10,000 to help fund this vital research."