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Update: Jodie raised a magnificent £1079.95. What an achievement – Thank You so much !
This wonderful lady decided to help MDS UK and run a marathon in support of the Gavin Hepburn family – who are already doing so much for MDS.
We are so pleased to have her represent MDS in the Brighton Marathon – please do consider cheering her on – if you can make it on the day.
Your encouragement will be enormously appreciated by her – and us.
Many thanks Jodie – and good luck with the training – and on the day!!
We also thank Jodie’s place of work – the hairdresser salon Coco’s http://www.cocos.co.uk/billingshurst.html – who are so supportive of all the fundraising and events with the Hepburn family. Thank you to Coco’s and all the customers there too!
Jodie Cooper’s fundraising page
Hey, thanks for taking the time to sponsor me.
Wow! Never did I think I would run a marathon, considering I’ve always said “No, I’m not a runner.” But, much to my surprise, I’m focussed and determined to run the Brighton Marathon on April 12th 2015, and as weird as this sounds, running is becoming addictive.
I’m running for such a great cause. A special charity called MDS UK. This charity is a support group for people suffering from Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) which is a malfunction of the bone marrow in producing the correct quantity and quality of blood cells.
Im doing this for a beautiful family who have visited the salon (CoCo’s) for a number of years now. Please take a minute to read this lovely letter written by 10 year old Olivia about her daddy’s illness…
WE’VE had a very special letter this week from ten-year-old Olivia Hepburn (above left) telling us about her dad Gavin who is currently in hospital being treated for Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MSD), a rare blood disorder which stops the body producing the right amount and quality of blood cells.
People with MDS suffer from chronic tiredness and weakness due to the low levels of haemoglobin, which is debilitating and often requires regular blood transfusions which are time-consuming and restrictive.
Their platelet numbers, which prevent bleeding and bruising, can often be very low, and if they injure themselves, sustained blood loss may be excessive.
Gavin, who lives in Stephenson Drive, was diagnosed with MDS in 2012, and thanks to the Antony Nolan Trust received a bone marrow transplant at King’s College hospital in 2013.
He recovered very quickly, said Olivia’s mum Lisa, but after the family’s holiday this year was unwell again and it was discovered that the two per cent of his own bone marrow that he still has was driving his blood count down again.
As a result Gavin is back in hospital at the moment receiving chemotherapy, and then hopes to have another transplant to kill off the last of his rogue cells.
Thank you you for your support!