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21 Apr 2013

Bone Marrow Transplant Marathon Runner & Fundraiser !

When is this event:

Date: 21/04/2013




London Marathon
London, SE10 8QY United Kingdom + Google Map

Finisher photos – and first comments from Russell!

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Finished! With support team daughter Gee, wife Susan and son Luke

Our amazing 3 times transplanted MDS patient made it to the end – in a fantastic 6hrs 31min despite some aches and pains half-way through:
Here are a few words Russell posted on Facebook – straight after the race:
“Hi Everyone, well, what a day I’ve had. It was probably one of the most uplifting events I have ever had the good fortune to be a part of. Thank you so much for your kind words, good luck messages and sponsorship. It was very emotional. I had a really good first 12 miles and was on target to finish in about 4 and a half hours. Unfortunately I ended up with a truly debilitating attack of the cramps at 15 miles and struggled from that point on. I actually had to stop and get my legs massaged and my right foot strapped up as my awkward gait resulted in a massive blister. In the end the time was pretty awful. But, hey, never thought I’d live to do this. If I was to give one bit of advice it would be that EVERYONE should do this at least once.
Please spread the word, we’ve raised over £3000 but it would be awesome to hit £5k. Thank you all xx”
Russell’s Virgin Money Giving page – with additional photos: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RussellCook

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THE finisher medal!

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In the morning – before the start

Some of our patients have started calling him their Transplant Guru!

We could not agree more.

Recently he has added:  “3 years ago today I had the first of 4 Hickman lines inserted. It was our 25th wedding anniversary. My chemo started the following day. Spare a thought for those whose treatment is about to start, who, like me at the time, will be worried and often scared at the thought of this process. I hope that, 3 years later, they will feel like I do.

His Virgin Money Giving page is still open – and has reached over £4,000 – to be shared between Anthony Nolan and MDS UK.  Russell would really like to reach £5,000 if possible.

He is already thinking of his next race – Windsor half-marathon – and asking for anyone to join him!
Many many thanks Russell and supporting team (wife Susan, daughter Gee and the one who donated some of his stem cells – son Luke).

You – and what you have achieved is an inspiration to so many MDS and transplant patients.
It gives so many hope that MDS can be overcome – even if the road is incredibly tough.
It also shows how important stem cell donation is.
We need more donors all the time – just like blood donations.
It is one of these rare donations – and gifts of life – that can be done whilst the donor is alive – and it is now so easy to do.
Please encourage EVERYONE to think about stem cell donation.

Thank you again – thanks to people like you – MDS UK can carry on supporting patients now and in the near future.
As a small charity relying on donations and grants, we are constantly concerned about our long-term ability to work.
Fundraising like this means a great deal to us.

And here a few more photos of Russell.
And some of the Anthony Nolan team – many thanks to them and also their 200 runners.  Wonderful to see so many supporting stem cell donations.

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Cramps – but Russell keeps smiling!

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The great Anthony Nolan supporting crew – they had 200 brilliant runners this year – well done to every single one of them!












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UPDATE – Morning of the race:

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Russell at Greenwich

Go Russell go!!

New photo of Russell before he set off this morning:
His cardiologist gave him the official permission to run 2 days ago.  He was over the moon – as so are we!
We wish him the best of luck – and a safe and careful run today – Sunday 21/4/13.

Have a great and safe run – we are so proud of you!!


Original message:

Russell Cook Marathon

As mentioned on our Facebook page and in our newsletter – the phenomenal Russell Cook will be running this year’s London Marathon on the 21st April 2013!

Since his recovery a year ago from his 3 bone marrow transplants, he has done skiing, walked the Windsor walk and often talks to other patients prior to their bone marrow transplant – it has helped many.
Read this brief summary of the issues he went through as a bone marrow transplant patient – and spread the word about his latest venture please.
We can’t thank him enough for helping to raise awareness of MDS and the need for bone marrow registrations through Anthony Nolan – as well as much needed funds for the organisations involved.
THANK YOU RUSSELL – and his son Luke – in the photo – his amazing stem cell donor!

We wish you all the best on the day – we’ll all be thinking of you on the 21st April.

Russell’s Virgin Money Giving page – with additional photos: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RussellCook

And a few words from him:

Hi, thanks for visiting our page. Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor us and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity’s behalf where the donor is eligible for this. We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.

In June 2009 I was diagnosed with severe bone marrow failure, Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). After several hundred blood and platelet transfusions, life threatening complications, 3 bone marrow transplants, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and the care and attention of my wonderful family and the simply outstanding staff at both Wexham Park and King’s College Hospitals I am recovering well. I owe an awful lot to countless individuals who have given blood, stem cells and time. I hope you will help me give something back.

On April 21st 2013 I hope to complete the LONDON MARATHON! My place is booked and my challenge is before me. Yes, that’s right, the person who just a couple of years back was in a wheel chair, exhausted and nauseas – treading a very fine line. Well, modern medicine has proved my saviour and I want to put more back. So, Im asking you, not just to donate, not just to advertise my challenge on your blog or facebook page, but to encourage as many 16 to 30 year olds to become BONE MARROW DONORS as possible.

Together we will change the world!
Russell Cook


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