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Swimming the Channel

Simon F
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17 Jun 2014

Hi there I am Simon Forzani and on the 11/07/14 I am swimming 32K non stop in memory of my Son Anthony and Father who both died 10 and 30 years ago from blood disease. In 2004 our Son, Grandson and Brother Anthony Forzani died aged 10. 

This July would be his 21st Birthday and we are looking to celebrate his life as well as raise awareness of issues that still occur today. Anthony had leukaemia for over four years spending most of this time without moaning or fuss in the Royal Marsden.

Unfortunately the traditional treatment failed so he had to undergo experimental medication which made him very ill and had no effect. Luckily he had four perfect donor matches but all refused to be his donor, it then took the Anthony Nolan trust almost a year to persuade the eventual donor who was a 50-75% match. This only happened because they were offered to be one of the first stem cell donors in the country which is less painful than the bone marrow route.

Unfortunately the match was not good enough and his little body could not take anymore treatment so we had to accept a terminal diagnosis as we couldn't see him suffer anymore. We set up this challenge to Raise awareness of the plight of families like ourselves and increase the number of people who sign up to the Anthony Nola register, we want people to realise that ignorance is killing those who could be saved as he should be here today swimming instead of us.

I, Simon Forzani, will be swimming 32KM myself under the official channel swim rules with my wife Simone, Mother, Janet, and two children Nia and Luca helping by swimming with me and doing various fundraising at spindles leisure club at the Europa Hotel Maidenbower, Crawley.

We have been swimming and training everyday for over a year for this event but every day has been worth it if we can stop at least one child from dying. We are so proud of him, he is our angel who is always in our hearts. He gives us joy even 10 years after his death as he touched so many peoples lives and moved me to dedicate myself to working with charities (I currently support people to set up their own charities and help charities in need around the South East) and those who are more vulnerable within our society. On the 11th Instead of having a takeaway lunch or fancy coffee, please sign up to the Anthony Nolan register or donate the money you would of spent to our cause. Thank you for reading this.

The Forzani Family

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Comments

19.06.2014

What an amazing tribute, SImon. Absolutely heart breaking to hear that his treatment wasn't successful and that one of the better matches didn't come forwards. Good luck with all the training and keep doing what you're doing in raising awareness as this will help save lives! 

You're an inspiration and we're very lucky to have people like you supporting the charity - keep up the good work!

Anonymous
09.07.2014

So sad to read of the loss but I guess that's why we are here to ensure we beat this once and for all. It's also sad to read that perfect matches existed but none would donate in the end. You are such an inspiration. Your son and father would be so proud of what you are doing. Best of luck.

Anonymous
09.07.2014

Good luck for Friday!
It's been lovely this pass week to see how much effort your wonderful family have been putting in,your going to do great!
Luv Kizzy and all the Spindles team! Xx

Anonymous
10.07.2014

It broke my heart when I read your loss of your son and father. I can't imagine the pain of loading a child. You & your family inspire myself to help educate the,community about blood cancer. I lost my father last October 7 to LEUKEMIA ( AML ). I will keep you all in prayers & good luck.

Anonymous
10.07.2014

Thanks Kizzy, It all started with you guys

Anonymous
10.07.2014

Thank you Stacy, We are so proud of our Boy and how he changed our lives for the better. Keep your dad in your heart always and he will never go away. I will be thinking of you and your Father tomorrow when I swim.

Anonymous
10.07.2014

Thank you,

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