Our Unstoppable Fundraiser of the Month for September is Salema Khanum. Salema is taking part in Run To The Beat at the end of October and she’s thinking outside the box with her fundraising.
On Wednesday October 17th she’ll be hosting an exciting night of RnB and Urban music entitled 'Good 4 Good' at the Bar Music Hall in Shoreditch to raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and increase her fundraising total for Run To The Beat. As well money raised through ticket sales, there’s set to be special cupcakes and candy pops on sale and an exclusive cocktail designed by the venue - a percentage of the sale of both items will go to charity.
Her connection to the charity is her late partner Wongun Choi. Wongun was diagnosed with AML in March 2009 but after 2 relapses and 18 months of treatment he was given 3-6 months to live. Salema was his carer during this time and with the support of her closest friends and family as well as Marie Curie and St. Christopher's Hospice, he passed away a few months after his final diagnosis.
His condition was a shock for a fit and healthy 25 year old; Wongun was training at London Shoot Fighters in Mixed Martial Arts in order to become a professional MMA fighter. Unfortunately due to his South Korean heritage, finding a bone marrow donor proved difficult. So with her event, Salema has decided not just to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, but to try and raise awareness of blood cancer conditions amongst minority ethnic groups, something that’s very close to her heart.
Salema says of her challenge and her event –
“What I'm hoping to get out of doing the run is the knowledge that Wongun's memory lives on not only in me, but those who will see his name displayed across my t-shirt on the day. As well as raising awareness of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, I do want to prove to myself that I can run 13 miles. I’m running for those that have survived or succumbed to this awful disease and for their families and friends who go through it all with them. Life can be painfully short - but it really shouldn't be when I know we can do something about it.”
All the best with Run To The Beat Salema!