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POST MARATHON UPDATE:
Completing the success of Team MDS was Romit Basu, with yet another fantastic result – 5 hours and 25 minutes! We are so proud!
Fourth London Marathon runner joins TEAM MDS!
We are amazed and so grateful to him and all involved this year – as the Team MDS is growing.
This fills us with so much hope regarding our long term work supporting patients.
Romit is also a member of the fantastic Bearcat Running Club, led by the great Caitlin Limmer.
Cailtin is herself running the Brighton Marathon on the 12th April – and will be present at the London Marathin to encourage all runners – including a special young man – her son who is doing the children’s marathon. We look forward to these really fantastic days – and hope you can join us to cheer Team MDS on their way to the finish line.
“In a moment of madness, last year, I registered for a place via the ballot to take part in the London Marathon. Bearing in mind, at this point I had not run beyond 7 miles, 26.2 miles was a bit of a leap of faith. When sanity prevailed, I carried on, safe in the knowledge that i was not going to get a place at the first time of asking. Well lo and behold I got a place in the Race at the first time of asking (mutter, mutter, grumble, grumble).
I have through the winter months pounded the streets and parks. If anyone from my running club http://www.bearcatrunningclub.com/ has stood still long enough I have picked their brains. For which I make no apology.
Now that my training is in full swing and I intend to make it to the starting line I thought I would raise some money for MDS UK.
MDS UK is a very small charity – supporting these MDS patients nationwide with information, meetings, a helpline and much more.You can read more about what MDS UK does by clicking on their logo – and visiting the website and Facebook pages.
What is MDS, I hear you shout.
Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) describes a malfunction of the bone marrow in producing the correct quantity and quality of blood cells.
Myelo = Bone Marrow
Dysplastic = strangely shaped or abnormally shaped
MDS are a group of malignant blood disorders – and are types ofBone Marrow Failures.
Cells that can be affected:
Red cells (also called erythrocytes) – which carry oxygen to organs and tissues in the body.
White cells – which collectively fight against infection.
Platelets (also called thrombocytes) – which prevent us from bruising and bleeding.
One or more of these can be affected by MDS. Many people, newly diagnosed with MDS, have not heard of this disorder before. Some, diagnosed early, do not even feel unwell.
MDS is not a type of Leukaemia – but does fall under the umbrella of malignant blood disorders.
Also there is a shortage of bone marrow donors. Especially, those from the ethnic minorites. If you can’t give cash, please at least register as a bone marrow donor. Here is how you register
Finally, thanks for visiting my page. Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me 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. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.”
Many thanks Basu – and we look forward to meeting you at the finish line!!