Jamie P
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So it begins...

Jamie P
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01 May 2014

Week 1

A lot can happen in 2 weeks. A lot certainly has happened in the last 2 weeks for my sister (Sam), her husband (Chris), and their lovely, bubbly kids (Alyssa and Max). Out of nowhere, leukaemia has announced itself, and the whole family (and Max in particular) are now having to get to grips with a new and unwelcome 'normal'. The way they have responded as a family unit has been astonishing and inspirational - they have rolled up their sleeves and got on with it, buoyed by a wonderful groundswell of support from their friends and family.

I live 350 miles away from Sam and her family, who have their home in Northumberland. Getting news and trying to offer support over the phone or via Facebook only serves to amplify this distance at the moment, and I'm left feeling fairly powerless to assist. So when I saw the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Bikeathon poster at St James's Park tube last week, I was inspired to try and do something positive in response to Max's illness, as a gesture of support in lieu of more direct help to the family.

So I'm riding the Bikeathon in August, covering 100 miles (and some notorious hills...) with the aim of raising £1,000 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. The training and the ride itself will be hard, a bloody long slog, but nothing compared to the journey Sam, Chris, Alyssa and Max will make over the next few years. Any donations you can afford would be greatly appreciated, and will help keep the legs pumping when the going gets tough :-)

Jamie

 

Comments

Ellie Dawes
01.05.2014

Good luck with the bikeathon and your fundraising Jamie, we hope you have a great day!

Taking part and raising money is a lovely way to show support for Max. We wish your family the very best for his treatment. Our patient support section contains a wealth of information and advice which you and your family may find useful, here is the link in case you would like to take a look: http://leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk/patient-information

Our work is making a massive difference in the lives of blood cancer patients, and the advances in treatment we've made so far have been extraordinary. Your support to the charity is invaluable, thank you so much. Keep blogging and letting us know how you're getting on!

Anonymous
01.05.2014

Our thoughts are with your sister and her family Jamie. Good luck with the Bikeathon, a group of us go up each year from the Isle of Wight and this year will be no exception. We love the 52 mile route (very impressed you're doing 100 miles) and the whole coach of us all dress as pirates, so you're bound to recognise one or two of us! See you in August and all the best to you all Love Linda x

Anonymous
01.05.2014

Good luck with your bike ride and fundraising. Your support will meta a lot to your family I know. Our best wishes to Max and his mum , dad and sister.

Anonymous
02.05.2014

Go Jamie.
As a CLL patient in remission, great empathy for this situation.
If you need a co-rider, let me know - I could do with losing some weight!
J. Cambridge.

Anonymous
02.05.2014

9 1/2 years ago my beautiful daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia age 14 months. She fought with courage and determination and is now a wonderful, healthy, happy and inspirational young lady.

Research does work.

Good Luck to you on your bike ride. My thoughts and pray are with your wonderful son, stay strong and positive and believe he will get well and be a strong and healthy young man very soon.

02.05.2014

Many thanks, Linda - I hope to bump into you and the other IoW-ers in August! Jamie

06.05.2014

You're doing a fantastic thing, Jamie, and should be very proud of all your fundraising efforts so far. It's thanks to people like you that I'm still here today and I, too, will be riding alongside you on 31 August (although not on the 100 mile route as I think that's a bit beyond me this year!).

As Ellie says, you're support is helping us to fund the research into treatments that is making a real difference to the lives of blood cancer patients and we couldn't do any of what we do without you. Keep up the good work and do let us know how you're getting on with all the training!

Abbi D
08.05.2014

Thank you Jamie - what an amazing post! I'm so glad Bikeathon has provided an opportunity to help Max and your family.

If anyone else is feeling inspired to take on Bikeathon in Birmingham or London, you can find more information here: bikeathons.org.uk