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Unstoppable fundraiser of the month: February - Dave Francis, Southend Bikeathon

Bekah M
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05 Mar 2012

Our Unstoppable Fundraiser for February is a really positive story about how Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research makes a difference for those whose lives have been touched by blood cancer. We won’t stop until we’ve beaten blood cancer, and neither will Dave Francis.

Dave’s family have taken part in the Southend Bikeathon, walked with Beefy and now Dave is planning to cycle from London to Paris, to help us raise even more money for our all important research. The following is Dave’s story, in his own words. Please take a moment to read it, and anything you can sponsor his team will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

“Back in July 2009 Claire, my wife, was admitted to Southend University Hospital and diagnosed with CML.  The hospital and the consultants were excellent, and two and a half years later, Claire is fit, active and well. We're aware that less than 10 years ago this drug wasn't available and that without this treatment Claire may not be with us.  We fully appreciate how lucky we are and realise how different things could have been without the medical advances funded by organisations such as Leukeamia & Lymphoma Research.

“Over the last couple of years we've read about the continued progress made by the medical institutes and researchers funded by Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. We want to ensure that the momentum behind this research continues for the benefit of other families and, to be blunt, for our own family's future.

“Keen to raise even more, we wanted to come up with something new to encourage people to donate. As I've never really been fit in my life, I decided to start training last summer on the grounds that if I was able to get into some sort of shape by December, I'd sign up to take part in London Paris in May.

“Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research means so much to our family, and has touched the lives of so many people in such a positive way, that we're keen to show our appreciation and to raise as much as we can so that this vital work continues.”

Please take a moment to read Dave’s fundraising page.