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Sam Blood

2018 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]Back in 2003 I fell pregnant, shortly after I was told I have Leukaemia and my life expectancy would be approx. 5 years. I was told to terminate my pregnancy and start chemotherapy immediately. My only hope of a cure was/is a bone marrow transplant!! Luckily for me, being pregnant I became a “special case”, they referred me to Professor Apperley at the Hammersmith Hospital who took one look at me, smiled and said ‘lets have a baby and worry about the rest after!”[/p][p] March 2004 I had my son but by April my blood counts were high so I had to start treatment. There were no bone marrow donors, so that was no longer an option, so the Professor started me on a brand new treatment. [/p][p]Being a new drug there was no history of what it will do to your body (especially long term) but they knew it could control the Leukaemia. For me it was what I needed and it kept me alive even though the side effects are worse than the disease! One of the major side effects is bone pain. Another patient mentioned that she had started running to relieve her bone pain so I thought I would give it a try. [/p][p]Feb 2016 I saw a post for UCANJOG2 beginners running course.[/p][p]My first run, Debra mentioned Emily was training for the marathon and within 10 minutes Deanne and Emily had fallen (and I later found out Emily had broken her ankle). I ran with Ruth, who told me her name was Rachel, so the whole session I called her Rachel and wondered why people were calling her Ruth! I got back to the car park thinking what the hell have I joined…but I loved it and have run with them every since![/p][p]I have learnt to live with the side effects; running really helps the bone pains. I have learnt to listen to my body and what it is telling me, when I run the pain is manageable. [/p][p]The last 14 years have been a struggle, I try to just get on with life and ignore my illness, I can honestly say that running with UCANJOG2 has changed my life, I am fitter, healthier and stronger (physically and mentally). I have no idea what is around the corner and will deal with that when it comes. But for now I’m happy being a Pink Lady. [/p][p]Within the last 2 years I have gone from jogging short distances on the treadmill to running 2 half marathon this year. [/p][p]A couple of years ago, running for the bus would have been impossible let alone the marathon. I was happy just to be a marshal at the Marathon. Didn’t want to run it. It wasn’t until I came home from Budapest and spoke Emily and Carolyn that I felt that it could be something I could do. I know it’s achievable and it’s not going to be easy but while my health is good and my pain is manageable I would love to give it a go. [/p][p]Managing to find a medication where I can tolerate the pain by exercise I'm going for the BIG ONE! I'm taking on a challenge of a life time and running the London Marathon 2018...look out for me I'll be behind Mo Farah (26 miles behind mind him! Let's hope he waits for me at the finish line!!)[/p][p]I have chosen to raise money for "The Blood Fund"...it's not my holiday Fund...I promise!!![/p][p]The Blood Fund are part of Imperial Health Charity who support the Haematology Department at the Hammersmith Hospital. This is where I have been/am treated. They have always been truly amazing and I am hoping by fundraising for them is just a little way of saying 'thank you'.[/p][p]The Haematology department at Hammersmith Hospital is world-renowned for its research and exceptional care for patients with a wide variety of blood disorders, including leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, sickle cell disease and haemophilia.[/p][p]Over the next year, we’re aiming to raise £250,000 for The Blood Fund, Imperial Health Charity’s fundraising campaign for the department. We want to ensure the department can continue to provide exceptional care to its patients by funding three key areas, clinical research, patient care and supporting the Doctors and scientists of the future.[/p][p]If you are able to help me by donating to my page I would be truly greatful.[/p][p]If you've made it to here, thank you for hanging on in there and sorry this story is so long!!![/p][p]Sam x[/p]
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2018 Virgin Money London Marathon

2018 Virgin Money London Marathon

22 Apr 2018


Imperial Health Charity

Imperial Health Charity




We are all so proud of you Sam! You were fantastic! Lots of love from all the Pink Ladies xxx



The Pink Ladies

love you From The Pink Ladies

£27.46 plus £0.00 Gift Aid


helmet hair x

Sam you were amazing - what a true inspiration not just with running but your attitude towards life xx

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Sarah Hassett

Hey Sam - I had no idea about your story being your run. Think it is an amazing achievement. Well done Sarah x


Tina and Andy

An absolutely incredible achievement.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Andy Oliver

Well done Sam. From what Steve has said you pulled up better than I did after my first game of cricket.

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid



So proud and full of admiration Sam. I remember how you got me up Snowdon (in that bleak weather) you had a calming determined way that reassured me, so thank you. Sending huge love, Maxine xx



Helen Cheung

Sorry this is so late! You are amazing - hope you are not too sore. Xxxx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Mary and Katie and Alice xxx

Well done Sam. Hope you’re having a bit of a rest now xxxx

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Sam, truly amazing ,

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