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Martin Belzunce

2019 Virgin Money London Marathon

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]At the age of 21, I was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy and since then I have suffered from Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Over the last 14 years, I’ve seen the disease progress faster than I would have liked, reaching end stage renal disease in 2015 where my own kidneys no longer worked. While waiting for a kidney transplant, I had to dialyse myself everyday for 8 months. It was my my brave and lovely mother who came all the way from Argentina to donate me one of her kidneys on the 4th of August 2016, giving me back the possibility to have a fairly normal life (but still with a lot of new challenges!). [/p][p]I know that even having the best treatments and care you can have (Thanks NHS!), there is still much needed to improve the quality of life of CKD patients. I think that there is mainly one way to achieve that: by doing more Research. However, we all know that the funding for research is quite limited. For this reason, I've decided to get involved in this challenging but gratifying goal: to fundraise £2100 for Kidney Research UK, which will support great research projects funded with your contributions.[/p][p]I have another reason to do this, a personal goal: I want to run the London Marathon and show the huge impact that a kidney transplant can have in our lives. Despite all my past and present complications due to kidney disease, I have been lucky enough to enjoy my life, build my career and feel good over the years. Without my supportive family, my partner Sofia, friends and all the amazing nurses, doctors and physiotherapists at King’s College Hospital that wouldn’t be possible. But there was another important thing that helped me cope with everything, and feel well even with kidney failure: being active and doing sports, specially running. For me, running gave me energy, happiness, help me build resilience and, despite all my health problems, it kept me fit. So, in addition to fundraising for Kidney Research UK, I would like to raise awareness of organ donation and to encourage people to be physically active.[/p][p]To give myself a challenge, I have set a personal goal of running the London Marathon under 3h10min, which is a Boston qualifying time for my age group, a quite challenging time. I will use this goal to boost my motivation through the long and tough trainings leading up to the London marathon.[/p][p]Thanks for reading and for your very helpful donations![/p][p]Follow me on Strava to see my training towards the London Marathon:[/p][p][url=https://www.strava.com/athletes/20000015]https://www.strava.com/athletes/20000015[/url][/p][p]If you would like to register as an organ donor:[/p][p][url=https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/register-to-donate/register-your-details/]https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/register-to-donate/register-your-details/[/url]?[/p][p]----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/p][p]Update 02/01/2019[/p][p]Thanks for all the donations, they will be very helpful to support new research![/p][p]I've created an Instagram account to give more updates on my training and fundraising:[/p][p][url=https://www.instagram.com/martin_transplant_runner/]https://www.instagram.com/martin_transplant_runner/[/url][/p][p]------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/p][p]Update 21/02/2019[/p][p]Mandy’s joining me to raise funds for Kidney Research UK! Follow her on Instagram @mandy.nio for updates. Here a message from her:[/p][p]“Hey everyone! Martin’s a good friend I’m thankful for and who has undoubtedly benefited from progress in kidney research. And we can still do more! I’m running the Shakespeare Marathon on April 28th, and joining Martin in his efforts to raise funds for Kidney Research UK. I haven’t started my own fundraising page because I'd prefer to support Martin here in reaching his target, to share his story and inspire others to persist through adversity. Please drop us a donation and leave me a nice message to keep me going through my marathon training - it's my first one! Thanks :)[/p][p]Love, Mandy Nio xxx"[/p][p]--------------------------------[/p][p]Update 29/04/2019[/p][p]London Marathon done in 3:00:20! Still time to donate! Thanks![/p][p]Mandy also completed Shakespeare marathon in a fantastic 3:39:00.[/p][p][br][/p]
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May 9, 2019


Was brought to your page by Amanda. You have been through a lot and this is a noble cause that you're fundraising for. All the best in your academic and professional pursuits, and do share what's next!

May 3, 2019

Mark (Transplant Fitness)

Great job Martin. You've inspired me more than you realise, can't wait to join you one year for the transplant games and give you a run for your money 😁


May 3, 2019


Como dice Gallardo, Vamos por Mas!


May 2, 2019

Money Box

Money box @ R&D department. Thank you all!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 30, 2019



Apr 30, 2019

ian logan

Hopefully now you’re a little closer to your fundraising target !

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 30, 2019


Congratulations Martin from the Philippines!


Apr 29, 2019

Alex Rawlings

Congratulations Martin 💪👍

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 29, 2019

Michelle Jones

Well done from a fellow IgA patient

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 29, 2019


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid