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Jacqui Avola is running two full marathons to raise money for our charity.
Jacqui explains on her Virgin Money Giving Page the reasons why she has chosen to fundraise for us:
On the 2nd July 2014 my Dad was diagnosed with MDS. Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) are a group of cancers in which immature blood cells in the bone marrow do not mature and therefore do not become healthy blood cells.
On the 4th October 2015 my Dad was fit and healthy enough to receive a bone marrow transplant. Throughout this period of time I tried to carry on with life and pretend it wasn't happening, everything with my Dad was a bit of blur and I ended up making some pretty life changing decisions myself, life is precious and can be too short. My Dad is my ultimate hero, he is ALWAYS there for me no matter what and there is NOTHING he wouldn't do for me.
This is now my time to give something back for him and my Dad has chosen for me to run these two marathons for MDS UK Patient Support Group.
MDS UK Patient Support Group is a charity based at Kings College in London. They provide networking for people newly diagnosed, where experiences can be shared with others that are suffering the same illness. A contact line is set up and help is provided, invaluable for people needing to understand medical terminology and prognosis.
They provide national patient and family information meetings on a regional basis, along with many other amazing things.
Please support this fantastic charity and follow me on my journey.
We are immensely grateful to Jacqui and her Dad for thinking of us, and to their friends and family for their generosity which will make a great difference to patients.
About London and Milton Keynes Marathons
The renowned London Marathon takes place on Sunday, 03 October 2021. At the marathon the biggest names in distance running meet and compete alongside amateur runners.
The Milton Keynes Marathon took place on Sunday 6th September 2020. The majority of the MK Marathon route is incredibly green and scenic. It includes beautiful parks and lakes, picturesque villages and the canal towpath.
Jacqui will have run these two marathons to raise funds for us! Please support Jacqui's amazing challenge.