Last weekend saw dozens of Unstoppables take to the capital's streets and defy the blistering heat to tackle the British London 10k. Among them were the Macaluso sisters and friends, who have a close personal connection to LLR and a touching story. Below is the sisters' account of the group's fundraising journey...
"In January our Mum, Annette Macaluso was diagnosed with an aggresive form of AML. My sisters and I decided we wanted to fundraise for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and chose the British 10k in London to be our first fundraising event. We managed to rope in some friends to join us on our mission and named ourselves as "Team MAC"!
A 10k run was a challenge in itself as we aren't "runners"! We were also prioritising our time to visit mum over training leading up to the event. Mum was responding well to treatment and had two bone marrow matches in her brother and sister. We all had hope that she would have a successful transplant and may be able to watch us take part in the 10k. However on 14th May 2013 a routine blood test showed that the AML had returned with the devastating news that it was terminal. We spent every day together as a family until we lost Mum on the 6th June 2013.
The British 10k was fast approaching and we were all determined to continue with our training so we could all take part and raise as much money as possible for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. We set up our JustGiving pages as well as Text to Donate and started sharing it with all of our family, friends and colleagues. Seeing the donations come in spurred us on with our training through a difficult month and was a great help and inspiration to us all. On the 14th July 2013 Team MAC took part in the British 10k. It was a sweltering hot 32 degrees but with the help of the crowd shouting our names, our Dad, family and friends, the London sights and lots of water fights we all made it across the finish line raising over £1800 so far with more donations yet to come in.
This is only the start of the fundraising journey for Team Mac with 3 of us taking part in Run to the Beat Half Marathon in September 2013, a Quiz Night planned and a 150 strong Rock Choir Concert in Marylebone, London on the 30th November 2013 with an expected 500 guests.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us.
Amy, Emily & Carla Macaluso"