"My younger sister and I lost our dad, and mum lost her husband and her soul mate": Daughter running London Marathon in memory of dad
Hollie Savage has nearly reached her £2,000 target for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, after losing her father to leukaemia just one month after diagnosis.
Hollie, 23, has raised almost £1,900 to help beat blood cancer after her dad died from acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) just one month from diagnosis.
Gary Savage, who worked for many years in advertising at News UK (formerly News International), was diagnosed with the disease on 28 April 2010 after being referred to hospital following a blood test. He started chemotherapy and was placed on a trial drug, but he developed multiple infections. Sadly, in the early hours of 29 May, Gary passed away, aged 53.
Hollie, who was in the middle of sitting her A-Levels at the time, says: “It hit us all incredibly hard. I guess it was one of those times when it didn’t seem real. My younger sister and I lost our dad, and mum lost her husband, her soul mate.
“His funeral was on the Friday and my first exam was on the following Monday. Everything happened so quickly it was a blur. The exams kept my mind on things though which was one good thing; I did not have time on my hands to over think. I carried on as I knew that is what dad would have wanted me to do. I had to make him proud."
Hollie, who went to school in Lincolnshire before moving to London when she was 18, has since followed in her father's footsteps in the media world, and now works at the Daily Telegraph.
“Five years on and it is the simple things I miss. I still think he will walk through the front door and tell me how I can't watch the latest reality show as Spurs are on TV! If the money I can raise, with the generosity and support of family and friends, can help Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research find better treatments and cures for this disease, then that is all I can ask. Every mile I run in the marathon is my way of saying that one day we will stop leukaemia, and one day we will win”, she says.
To support Hollie please visit her justgiving page.
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