A Twickenham leukaemia survivor is walking to beat blood cancers more than 25 years after receiving a life-saving bone marrow transplant from her sister.
Carole Dedman is urging local residents to join her on the Richmond Forget Me Not Walk for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and help the charity fund groundbreaking research into better treatments and cures for leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
Carole was she diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) on 26 March 1984 at the age of 33, after she became anaemic and discovered unexplainable bruising. She was rushed to Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton, where a bone marrow test revealed the leukaemia.
Despite six weeks of punishing chemotherapy Carole still needed a life-saving bone marrow transplant. Fortunately, her younger sister Christine was a suitable donor.
Carole says: "I was very frightened; but throughout I knew I was in the best hands. I’m incredibly grateful to be alive and I know that’s down to research. Treatments have improved massively since my transplant but we need to do everything we can to find a cure for these terrible diseases."
Since the successful operation more than 25 years ago, Carole has worked tirelessly to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research through its Richmond & Twickenham Branch. The charity currently has teams of scientists focused on transplant research across the UK, including £1 million in projects at nearby Hammersmith Hospital, where researchers are working to improve survival rates among transplant patients.
The family-friendly Richmond Forget Me Not Walk will set out at a leisurely pace from Teddington Lock at 10am on Saturday 2 May 2010 following the riverside path towards Ham House. The 10-kilometre route will take walkers through the historic borough, past Richmond Lock, the Old Deer Park of Richmond Palace and the world renowned Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, before finishing on Kew Green with a well earned drink in the pub.
Those wishing to join in should contact organiser James Wright on 0207 269 9006 or visit the event site. The entry fee is £7.50 for adults, £5 for children and just £20 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children. The fee includes a t-shirt and medal.