A cancer survivor from Leeds has helped raise vital charity cash by taking on the Great North Run. Jamie Barugh, who lives in Guiseley, took on the half marathon yesterday in aid of the cancer charity Anthony Nolan. The 44-year-old, who works in the freight forwarding and logistics sector, decided to enter the gruelling event after receiving a life-saving stem cell transplant in 2013.
Ten years ago he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer which treatments could not completely cure, meaning the disease was likely to return.
Jamie needed a stem cell transplant and in 2013, after several years in remission, he resumed treatment. A match was found by the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register charity and stem cells from an anonymous donor were successfully transplanted.
He said: “Months after my transplant, when I got back to work and got some normality back in my life, I thought that it was absolutely essential to get my fitness back.
“I started running and hitting the gym. I even went to a dedicated boxing gym in Bradford for a while. Even though I was weaker than before, I gave it 100 per cent.” He then started taking his fitness to the next level and after successfully completing a number of 10km runs he signed up to the 13.1-mile Great North Run.
“I’m glad to say I was successful enough to win entry to the Great North Run and to be asked to run for the Anthony Nolan team was an absolute honour. “It’s also remarkable that people come forward and donate their stem cells, helping people like myself and others.”
Anthony Nolan has been saving the lives of people with blood cancer for over four decades, by matching them to people willing to donate their bone marrow, or blood stem cells, for a lifesaving transplants.
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More than 1,000 potential life-savers have signed up to the Anthony Nolan register thanks to the efforts of students.
Leeds Marrow, a University of Leeds student volunteer group that supports the work of blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan, has spent the academic year running recruitment events to sign students up to the stem cell register. The group’s recruitment clinics have resulted in more than 1,000 potential lifesavers added to the Anthony Nolan register.
Volunteers have also raised £5,000 for the charity by tackling the Three Peaks Challenge, Leeds Half Marathon and a gruelling 24-hour cycle.
Leeds Marrow president, Grace Lowe, said: “It’s heart-warming to see just how many students would be willing to selflessly donate their stem cells to give people with blood cancer a last chance for a cure.
“Sadly there are a lot of myths surrounding stem cell donation but we are here to tell people how easy it is to sign up and donate. All the students have to do is fill out a form and spit in a tube. If you are called up to donate one day donating is just like giving blood.
“It costs around £60 to sign someone onto the register so it’s amazing we have managed to raise £5,000 which could mean we have funded 83 potential donors.”
This year Anthony Nolan revealed that one in four people who go on to donate their stem cells were signed up at university. Leeds Marrow is urging new students to join the Anthony Nolan register. Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer.
Charlotte Connolly, marrow programme lead at Anthony Nolan, said: “Young people are most likely to be chosen to donate so Marrow’s work is key to helping us save more lives. Whether it’s spreading the word, recruiting or fundraising, together they make such a big difference, it’s an incredible thing.”
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We've had quite a few events since we last updated everyone, so let's have a quick run down of what's been going off!!
Recruitment - we've had three events since the last, Leeds Beckett Headingley and City campus, as well as Leodis halls! Overall a decent number of sign ups for all three, even with a few hiccups at some of them, but we count 53 new people on the register a roaring success!
Fundraising - We've had our Harrogate street collection and 24 hour cycle in the last few weeks, raising a massive £307.35 over both events! Massive well done ahead of the culmination of our Miles4Marrow campaign with the Leeds Half Marathon and 3 Peaks!
We've got our second Leeds Uni Union event of the year this week on Thursday, so if you want to help make it a fantastic end before Easter, then please head over on Thursday and find out more and potentially sign up!
It's been a while, but we've had so many events and things on that I've finally got around to updating the website, my bad! Since our last update, we've had 5 sign up sessions! We've been at The Tannery & Concept Place & Liberty Park, Devonshire, Liberty Dock, Central Village and our second APL sign up session of year, and managed to sign up 50, 36, 12, 50 and 20 people at each session respectively! This has taken us to just below 900 sign ups for the year, so it may of been a while but there's been good progress!
Today marked our first street collection of 2016, and we braved the snow (honest) and wind to raise an amazing £320.28! Massive well done to everyone who helped out, and a big thank you to the people of Huddersfield who helping us raise so much!
In 2015 there was the battle of the Leeds ! This year, it is Team Recruitment VS Team Fundraising. If you want to run the Leeds Half Marathon on the 8th of May 2016, take part in this epic battle and raise lots of money for Leeds Marrow/Anthony Nolan, this is what you have to do:
1) Register to take part in the Leeds half-marathon on this page: http://www.runforall.com/half-marathon/leeds/
2) Make sure you take a general entry and not a charity one !
3) Create a justgiving page here: https://home.justgiving.com/
4) Create a fundraising page and choose Anthony Nolan as your charity and the leeds half-marathon as your event.
5) Join our Leeds half-marrowthon team here: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/LHM/join
6) Let James know if you want to be a part of Team Recruitment or Team Fundraising
7) Start fundraising and training !
Christmas is over, exams are over, and Marrow is back! We've already had two sign-up sessions this year, and with all the stress over exams its been a good start back! We managed to sign up 18 people at Bradford Academy way back on the 12th January, and we also signed up another 28 people last Wednesday at the Edge! Both of these take us to over 700 sign ups for the year! Great stuff!
Our last sign-up session before the Christmas holidays, and a successful one at that! Another dreary day in Leeds, but that didn't make a difference at an event that's all inside, leading to us signing up 41 people to the stem cell register! Fantastic day taking us past 650 sign-ups before Christmas!
Our biggest sign-up session of the year and always a successful one! This year was no different, signing up an amazing 172 people to the stem cell register! A massive congratulations and thank you to everyone who braved the cold and rain to help out, volunteered or signed up! We also went past 600 sign-ups for the year, which is also fantastic!
In our last sign-up session before Riley Smith, we managed to sign up another 45 people to the stem cell register at Oxley Residences on the 19th November! A fantastic total for an event so far out, great achievement for all involved, taking us to just below 450 sign-ups for the year, which we should smash past after Riley Smith!