Surrey fundraiser completes first half marathon to raise over £2,600 in memory of husband
Katie Moore and her team of friends, including TV presenter Gethin Jones, completed the Brighton Half Marathon to raise thousands of pounds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Hampton fundraiser Katie Moore completed the Brighton Half Marathon yesterday (Sunday 22 February) to raise £2,645 for blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, in memory of her husband who died from leukaemia last year.
35-year-old Katie was joined by her uncle-in-law Gary Fearn, and friends Fiona O’Donoghue, Oli Goodier, Sandra West and TV presenter, Gethin Jones. They have raised a further £2,200 in Tom Moore's memory, so far.
Tom was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in September 2013, but sadly died just a few months later on 23 January 2014, aged just 35. He had been lacking in energy, was very pale and experiencing coughing, night sweats and bruising which would not heal. Doctors prescribed antibiotics and suggested rest, but his condition deteriorated and he became bed bound for days on end. Eventually a blood test was carried out and Tom was given the devastating news that he had leukaemia.
He underwent his first round of chemotherapy the day before his 35th birthday, and was in isolation for four to five weeks at a time receiving chemotherapy in preparation for a stem cell transplant. A match was found but unfortunately Tom relapsed just after Christmas 2013, and was admitted to intensive care after developing an infection which led to pneumonia.
Katie says: “Life without Tom will never be the same again, and trying to re-build my life without him is very difficult. He would have wanted me to concentrate on something and was a natural sportsman, so I try to run regularly and signed up to the Brighton Half to give me even more of a focus.
“It was by far the longest distance I’d ever run so I was very anxious before the race. There were certain stages that I had to dig deep, think back to Tom’s journey and why I was running, but I enjoyed every minute of it. My team were amazing, they made it enjoyable and kept it light-hearted, but I also felt part of a bigger team. Everyone had their reasons and their stories for running and that made the whole day very special to be a part of."
Gethin, who raised £800 for the charity, says: "It meant a great deal to us as a group of friends to run in memory of Tom, to support Katie and to raise much needed funds for the research and prevention of blood cancer. It was the first time I've worn the bright colours of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and I was shocked at how many other runners were wearing the same t-shirts. It really brought it home just how many people are affected by this disease. We will continue to do as much as we can to help."
General donations from Tom’s family, friends and colleagues have helped to raise an additional £7,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. The Premier League, where Tom worked as Head of Commercial Enterprises, recently organised a memorial match at White Hart Lane in honour of their colleague.
Katie adds: “Everyone has been so very kind in fundraising in his memory. Tom would have wanted everyone to support me and I certainly feel very blessed to have such amazing friends and family.”
This year’s Brighton Half marathon raised over £30,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Every penny raised will improve the lives of all those affected by blood cancer and stop people from dying.
To support Katie please click here to visit her justgiving page.