Radiohead star part of team of 22 dads taking on Blenheim Palace Triathlon
Colin Greenwood, member of the band Radiohead, is pushing himself to the limit as part of a team of 22 dads training to take on the Blenheim Palace Triathlon for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research this Saturday.
Colin will be part of “Scarlett’s Dragons”, a group of school dads from Oxford who have raised almost £85,000, including Gift Aid, for the charity which is particularly close to one member of the team’s heart.
Dan Clarkson discovered his daughter had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in January 2011 when she was just six years old. Unfortunately her initial chemotherapy treatment was unsuccessful and she relapsed, requiring further chemotherapy, steroids and radiotherapy. Throughout December 2013, she rarely returned home, aside from Christmas Day when she had to be rushed back to hospital at 9pm with a treatment-related infection.
Scarlett, now nine years old, will continue to receive treatment for a further two years.
Colin says: “Dan and his family are good friends and neighbours of mine, and I remember very well when Scarlett was diagnosed just after Christmas 2010. Their courage, and Scarlett’s sheer stubborn gumption, in the face of gruelling treatment, has been humbling to see. It’s been a huge privilege to take part with all the other dads in training for the triathlon. We hope to raise lots of money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research to support Scarlett and to help improve the lives of all patients with blood cancer. Go Scarlett’s Dragons!”
Dan says: “Having a child with cancer has a devastating impact, both for the child and their family. If we can help reach a day when no other family has to go through the pain of having their child diagnosed with leukaemia, then the pain of our training will be well worthwhile.”
Scarlett joined 102 children from her school on Friday 16th May to collectively complete six triathlons and raise over £7,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Laura Watson, Head of E Block at Dragon School, says: “The six classes covered a 1500m swim, a 10km run and a 40km cycle all in the space of two hours. It was a really lovely day and fantastic to see so much enthusiasm from so many children.”
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