On Sunday 24th May 2020, Fiona Christie and Chris Newton will run at Edinburgh Marathon Festival and fundraise for MDS UK Patient Support Group.
Fiona has never run a marathon before, and bravely has decided to take this challenge to spread the voice about MDS, as her dear mum is suffering from the disease. Her little brother Chris has join in the fun and is doing the half marathon on the same day.
She tells their inspiring story on her Virgin Money Giving Page:
Our amazing mum was diagnosed with MDS in 2012.
MDS (myelodysplastic syndromes) is a group of diseases where your bone marrow produces faulty blood cells. It is a type of cancer and is also known as bone marrow failure.
Mums diagnosis came after a barrage of tests and a bone marrow biopsy (ouch!). We had not heard of MDS before so a steep learning curve followed. Luckily she is under the care of Dr Culligan and his team at ARIs Anchor Unit which is a centre of excellence for the treatment of MDS. At the moment Mum is on a low dose chemotherapy drug that is keeping her stable, but she does have to live with the side effects of being on cytotoxic drugs along with the symptoms of MDS.
Despite this Mum never complains and is always there for me, my brothers and our families...and anyone else that needs her!
We would love to give something back to the charity that has given our mum (and others living with MDS) so much, please give what you can, every donation will help spur us on to make it around the whole 26.2/13.1 miles.
Fiona & Chris
About Edinburgh Marathon Festival
Edinburgh Marathon takes place on Sunday 24th May 2020. It is the second largest marathon in the UK, behind only London. The Edinburgh Half Marathon follows the marathon course and it is fast & flat, ideal for half marathon.
Please support Fiona and Chris's challenge. We are immensely grateful to them, and all their friends and sponsors.
All the money raised goes to ensure that MDS patients and families receive the attention and information they need during those particularly difficult times – straight after diagnosis, at treatment changes, time of transplant or progression of the condition.