Our unstoppable of the month for December is recipient is Alan Aboud.
On 28th October over 2000 people ran across Greenwich to beat blood cancer as part of Run To The Beat, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s biggest running event of the year. The year our total stands at £350,000 and counting, an incredible amount that really goes to show the great efforts of our fundraisers and their supporters.
One of our top fundraisers for 2012 was Alan Aboud. Alan fundraised well over £2000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in Run To The Beat sponsorship. For him, the charity is a cause very close to home, “blood cancers have been around me in my lifetime, the least I can do is to seek ways of raising money”.
Alan’s brother Aidy was diagnosed with non-hodgkin's lymphoma in June 1988. He died in December 1988. Alan was 22 and Aidy was 28. Since then, Alan has done all he can to try and raise funds for charities related to Leukaemia. In 2006, he ran the New York Marathon for another cancer charity. It was 2 months previous in September 2006, that his niece Nathalie was diagnosed with leukaemia. She sadly died in December of that same year at the age of 20.
Five years later, Alan began fundraising for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. In 2011 he decided to run the New York marathon again, but a few weeks before he was set to take part he discovered two stress fractures from over training and had to pull out.
Alan resumed running at the beginning of the New Year, but on his first run he sprained his ankle and once again suffered a hairline fracture. After 6 months away from running he was able to start again and applied for a Run to The Beat place through Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
“I got my fundraising page set up and readied myself for sending out emails requesting sponsorship. I really was nervous. I had received so much last year for New York and failed to undertake the task, so I didn't want to mess people around. I hesitated for a long while, always worrying that I might have to pull out again. With one week to go I sent the emails. Thankfully people understood that last year's failure was not a failure in the truest sense and everyone donated again. Within one week I had surpassed my target”
Of the day itself, Alan says, “it was cold, two running friends of mine had to pull out, so it was much harder than expected, but I succeeded and ran in a decent enough time. What struck me that day is that there are so many charities, so many people who have lost loved ones, and so many people who still will selflessly seek ways to fund organisations seeking cures, or merely helping those who have come into direct contact with this vicious disease.”
“I will run again, and I will fund raise again for LLR.”
To donate to Alan’s page, please click here.
For information on how to get involved with Run To The Beat 2013, please check back on our website next year.