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In memory of Sangita

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04 Jul 2018

Bharat Miangar explains how since losing his wife to acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), he’s been on an emotional journey that has taken him around the world.

“I did my first bike ride for Bloodwise a year after my wife’s blood cancer diagnosis, and since then I have been fundraising for almost 10 years and raised over £50,000.

“With my friends and colleagues, I have taken part in a number of bike rides, walks and treks, dinner and dances and outdoor movie shows, working closely with my local Lions Club of which I am a member.

“On a personal note, after my wife was diagnosed, we had a lot of ups and downs and a couple of stem cell transplants. She passed away with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in December 2015.

Bharat with his late wife Sangita who passed away with acute myeloid leukaemia

Bharat (right) and his late wife Sangita, who passed away with acute myeloid leukaemia in December 2015

“I am particularly concerned about raising awareness of matching stem cells in ethnic communities. And alongside all the fundraising events, I try and reach as many people as I can to talk about the issue and encourage others to do what they can to make transplants more successful.

“It’s very rewarding and emotional. The Blenheim Palace Triathlon in 2017 was a great achievement. But my most memorable time was the London to Paris Bike Ride in 2016 when I made 200 new friends over four days!

Bharat (left) with family friends Sarah (middle) and Dinesh (right) at Blenheim Palace Triathlon

Bharat (left) with family friends Sarah (middle) and Dinesh (right) at Blenheim Palace Triathlon

“The great satisfaction that comes from helping to continue research into blood cancer drives me on. So does raising awareness among ethnic communities and doing everything I can to help eradicate this terrible disease.”

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