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Andrew Smith

2019 London, Manchester, Liverpool marathons

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I am taking part in the 2019 London, Manchester and Liverpool Marathons as well as the Great North Run, London Landmarks half marathon and Oxford half marathon to raise funds for Sarcoma UK in memory of Dean Eastmond. [/p][p]Dean co-founded and edited HISKIND magazine, and was an inspirational journalist who wrote for several publications, an activist who campaigned to raise awareness of injustices faced by the LGBTQ+ community. I was lucky enough to speak to Dean, and he was always so welcoming and engaging regardless of the topic. Dean's partner Adam, as well as his friends Arron and Paula, will also be part of #TeamDean, running on behalf of Sarcoma UK at the 2019 London Marathon. [/p][p]In June 2016, Dean was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma cancer – a rare bone and tissue cancer affecting 14% of all bone sarcoma diagnoses – growing between his lung and ninth rib. His treatment involved 14 rounds of chemotherapy, Proton Beam therapy, a major thoracic surgery that involved removing 3 of his ribs and the surrounding tissue, and a further two rounds of a different set of chemotherapy treatment after discovering the tumour had rapidly spread.[/p][p]Yet none of this stopped Dean’s pursuit to be the best person he could be. During his treatment, Dean co-founded an LGBTQ+ culture magazine called HISKIND and regularly used this platform to share updates on his cancer journey online. These can be found at www.hiskind.com/topic/deans-cancer-journey/. Dean campaigned for clarification from the Human Fertility and Embryology Authority after uncovering discriminatory guidance that a same-sex partner would not be able to access a sample in the event of their partner passing. Dean wrote powerfully about issues beyond cancer and was recognised by Attitude Magazine at the Pride Awards in 2017, and then by Winq Magazine and the British LGBTQ+ Awards for his work. [/p][p]On 3rd September 2017, Dean passed away at Weldmar Hospice in Dorset.[/p][p]Since Dean passed away, his legacy has been apparent, and his friends and supporters aim to continue the progress that he started. [/p]
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Supporters

22-Feb-2019

D J Workholding Ltd

Good Luck

£250.00

17-Feb-2019

James Ball

£161.00 plus £40.25 Gift Aid

15-Feb-2019

Wills Vincent

Good luck Andrew m’love!! :D

14-Feb-2019

mum

best wishes xxxxx

£10.00

11-Feb-2019

Hawthorn house bed n breakfast witney

Good luck for a very worthy cause

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

11-Feb-2019

Lucy B

Good going Andrew - rather you than me! x

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

11-Feb-2019

Nathalie

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

11-Feb-2019

Anonymous

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

09-Feb-2019

Adrian and Clare

Go go Grundy!! I’ll be somewhere behind you in Manchester and cheering at various points along the way in London.

£26.20 plus £6.55 Gift Aid

04-Feb-2019

Michelle R

You'll be fab - looking forward to seeing your outfit and all the race adventures you have!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid