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Hannah Fairbanks


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My story

[p][b][img][/img][img][/img][img][/img]Giving money is just one way you can help, if you are not already on a register then please sign up at [/b][url=https://www.anthonynolan.org/8-ways-you-could-save-life/donate-your-stem-cells][b]https://www.anthonynolan.org/8-ways-you-could-save-life/donate-your-stem-cells[/b][/url][b] if you are aged 16-30, or [/b][url=https://www.dkms.org.uk/en/register-now][b]https://www.dkms.org.uk/en/register-now[/b][/url][b] if you are a little older.[/b][/p][p]After 7 years together Chris asked me to marry him in September 2016, in the middle of October he became severely ill and was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. Upon diagnosis he was immediately hospitalised and was in intensive care on chemo and dialysis within a week. We got married on the 17th November 2016 in Room 3, Adelaide Ward, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading. After another stint in intensive care and two more rounds of chemo he was discharged from Reading in January, and his care transferred to Oxford for an unrelated Stem Cell transplant. Due to some rare genetics there was not a suitable donor match on the register in the UK so Anthony Nolan worked with their counter parts in Germany to find him not one but two donors (after the first pulled out). After more chemo and total body irradiation (radiotherapy) Chris had his transplant on 31st March 2017. We celebrated his first re-birthday last week, and his one year bone marrow test showed the genetics of his bone marrow as 99% German lady. [/p][p]Chris completed the 100 mile ride London the July before he fell ill so it seemed an appropriate challenge for me to undertake to support the charity we owe everything to. We will never know the people who organised Chris's transplant, from the nurses to the volunteer who went to Germany and collected the cells, so the only way we can say thank you is to ensure that the support is there for the next person who has to face these challenges, and the person after that.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Following the above - we are getting married (again, and yes to each other). We really don't need any gifts (German lady had that covered), so for those desperate to give us something we have asked them to donate on here. What could be better, getting married, having a few drinks and a dance, and saving some lives.[/p][p][br][/p][p][i]Cycling event diary:[/i][/p][p][i]Completed my first sportive, the 32 mile route of the Windsor Evans Cycles Ride It in 2 hours 10 minutes 30 seconds to be precise. Thought I'd do a short one whilst I suss out this cycling in a group. So here are the lessons I've learned:[/i][/p][p][i]1) My old commuting bike needs some oil - the fact I sounded like a bag of spanners was commented on by just a few folk (whoops).[/i][/p][p][i]2) If people are going at an annoying speed, don't just sit behind them - they will be even more annoying when taking up the road and breaking going down a hill for a chat! I mean - seriously![/i][/p][p][i]3) Turns out it's brilliant fun, and I'm just a little competitive.[/i][/p][p][i]I've now got 2 weeks to step it up to 60 miles for the Reading sportive with Dad (no pressure), and get on my new racing bike and master these cleats. [/i][/p][p][br][/p][p][i]All I have to say about cleats is - fell off first ride into stinging nettles and I can't remember what dock leaves look like. [/i][/p][p][br][/p][p][i]Well the 61 mile Evans Ride It Reading sportive turned out to be a little longer, we believe somebody had a bit of fun with the signs with about 7 or 8 miles to go and it's the only ride I've been on where Chris's Garmin froze so that was no use. In all: 69 miles, the temperature was 7 degrees when we set off and I don't think it breached double figures, to add more joy it was spitting with rain from mile 5 to 30. Up to the point where the Garmin gave up I'd done 45 miles in 3 hours 20. Those facts aside it actually was quite fun, I would have struggled without my super-domestique dad setting a decent pace though. Chris has spoilt me since though with the dog bringing me tea and presents in bed this morning - I could get used to this, though I think that is more about my birthday than completing a big ride.[/i][/p][p][br][/p][p][i]My mantra - 'just keep cycling' (in the sing-song voice of Dory from Finding Nemo), and Dolly Mixtures lots of Dolly Mixtures. Less than two weeks to go![/i] [/p][p][br][/p][p][i]I did it! Met some lovely folk also riding for AN at the start and during the ride. The heavens opened as soon as we crossed the start line and didn't stop until Wimbledon 9 miles from the end, but everyone was so wet you could only laugh or cry and as long as you are warm cycling in the rain is actually quite fun. Turns out cycling round London with closed roads on nice surfaces is easy, the first 35 miles (and therefore last 35) were a doddle. I couldn't stop for long as I got cold, and shivering is one thing, but shivering that much when all the muscles in your legs and bum are juddering and you are wearing lycra is possibly classed as an indecent act. I managed to spot Chris and mum amongst the crowds on the Mall, and give them a quick high five, before my sprint finish. The AN folk at the end were also fantastic. I admit Chris had to send the dog upstairs to get me out of bed at lunchtime on Monday, but I managed to take her round the woods and cycle to work as normal on Tuesday. The only thing I didn't think about when setting off for work was that I'd just thrown the bike etc in the garage on Sunday night, so when I put my shoes on Tuesday morning they were still absolutely soaking so my office now has a nice aroma. All that is left is to clean the bike, try and figure out why I've got so many bruises on one leg and stretch out with a bit of yoga. Thank you everyone for you support - your donations will help to save lives.[/i][/p]
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Sep 13, 2018

Ian Welsh

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Sep 12, 2018

Emma Bickford

Congratulations to you both! Thank you for inviting me to be part of your special day. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness together

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Sep 10, 2018

Helen Robert Hetty and Hannah

Thankyou both for letting us share your special day. Wishing you every happiness

Sep 10, 2018

Ryan Morris

What a wonderful celebration to mark the blessing of your marriage! Thank you for having us along to enjoy it with you. Love Ryan and Michelle.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Sep 9, 2018

The Readers

What a wonderful day! Thanks for letting us share it with you. Sending love and best wishes for a wonderful life together. Ali, Mickie, Suzannah and Matthew. Xxxx.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Sep 8, 2018


Congratulations Hannah and Chris on your wedding blessing. Wishing you all the best.

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Sep 8, 2018


To Hannah and Chris, congratulations on the blessing of your wedding. All our best wishes for your married life together. Love from Adam, Jenni, Ella and Freddie

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Sep 8, 2018

Mark and the Don

Thank you for being there for me through all this crap. Have a wonderful day and a spectacular life together

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Sep 8, 2018

The Jenkins

To Chris and Hannah, thanks for letting us celebrate with you today, definitely many reasons to raise a glass and raise some money! Wishing you many happy and healthy years ahead. Love Paul, Lou and Isabelle xx

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Sep 7, 2018

Kristie Faulkner

Congratulations on your wedding! Love from Kristie and Ross xx

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid