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Be inspired to fundraise for Leukaemia & Myeloma Research UK

FUNDING vital research into stem cell therapies as a more effective treatment for blood cancer has always been at the heart of Leukaemia & Myeloma Research UK’s (LMRUK) mission. However, this potentially life-saving work wouldn’t be possible without the help of fundraisers who take on exciting and epic challenges to raise important funds for the charity. 

Meet LMRUK’s latest fundraiser

Daz Martin from Shropshire is lacing up his running shoes and preparing to take on his biggest challenge yet. 

This July, Daz will be running the epic Xterra Snowdonia Trail Marathon to raise money for LMRUK after his mum, Sue, passed away from Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML). 

After initially going into hospital with suffering from months of getting water infections in April 2021, doctors diagnosed Sue with AML and she was immediately given medication. At first, she responded well but unfortunately, she was fighting infection after infection and the doctors decided to stop the treatment. Soon after, she was moved into a hospice for palliative care. 

Three weeks after her diagnosis and just two days before her 69th birthday, Sue passed away leaving behind her husband, John, two sons Daz and Kev, and six grandchildren.

To raise awareness of the different forms of blood cancer and gather vital funds for charity, Daz will be ascending almost 1,700 metres over 27 miles while navigating himself across Wales’ highest peak – Snowdon, as part of the Xterra Trail Marathon on 10th July 2022.

Be inspired to fundraise for Leukaemia & Myeloma Research UK
Daz Martin

Over 2,000 runners will be taking part and all hoping to raise money for worthy causes. Daz is aiming to raise over £300 for LMRUK, he explained:

“I wanted to fundraise for a charity that was related to my mum’s illness to help raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of blood cancer, as well as help fund the work being done on finding more effective treatments for patients.” 

Having previously taken on the Three Peaks Challenge over 24 hours with friends, and with his cousin a former GB triathlete who now organises extreme sports events, Daz is no stranger to the gruelling hours of training.

He said:

“This will be the longest and toughest distance I’ve run in one go, but having already completed the Three Peaks Challenge, half marathons and regularly running 5-10k, and with the amazing support from my partner, Sharon, friends and family, I’m positive I’ll be able to make it to the finish line in a good time. 

“I’m looking forward to having my beautiful six-year-old twin daughters, Frankie and Bella, join me for the final push over the finish line and hopefully I’ll be able to get them both a medal as well.” 

If you’ve been inspired to take on your own fundraising challenge and help to raise money for LMRUK, then explore all the challenges you could get involved with here: https://lmruk.org/fundraising-events-and-challenges/

All money raised will help fund specialist research to understand the causes of blood cancer and explore more effective treatments to protect the next generation. 

For more information about LMRUK and their research grant scheme, please visit: https://lmruk.org/.  

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