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James Lovelace

James Lovelace

James is running the London Marathon!


Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]In April 2015 my world was turned upside down when competely out of the blue after an operation to remove a mole I was diagnosed with Melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer. To say this was a shock would be a massive understatement, and I suddenly was faced with the reality that I had a life threatening disease[/p][p]An operation to remove a large chunk of skin around the area on my lower leg and to conduct a lymph node biopsy revelaed more bad news in the fact that the cancer had spread further up my leg. A third operation this time to remove all the lymph nodes from my left leg. [/p][p]After more anxious weeks of waiting, I finally had some good news: after around 50 hosptial appoitments, 3 operations and 5 months of wondering if I was possibly not going to see 2016 or beyond, all signs of the cancer had now been eradicated and I was as clear as I could expect[/p][p]In a way, this is where the hard part begins, as 5 more years of checks, scans and uncertainty now awaits me. Even Melanoma patients with an 'all clear' can expect the potential for something to come back at any point in the future, which happens in around one third of all cases. All throughout this time, Macmillan have been a constant and amazing support to me. Like a typical bloke to begin with I wanted nothing to do with anyone, didnt want to talk to people and generally pretended this wasnt happening. But it was happening, and Macmillan were there whenever I needed them to help support me through what were some very very dark times. Was I going to die? When would it be? What would happen to my wife and kids? All things that you never think you will have to think about. [/p][p][b]So why am I running the London Marathon?[/b][/p][p]Primarily to raise money for this amazing charity. Statistically 1 in 3 of us will be affected by cancer at some point in our lives, which seems unbelievable really, but highlights the ever growing need for support from organisations like Macmillan.[/p][lt]p class="p1"[gt][lt]span class="s1"[gt][b]£4,000 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for a month[/b], helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support, and this is what I am aiming to achieve.[lt]/span[gt][/p][lt]p class="p1"[gt][lt]span class="s1"[gt]Your donation could help someone receive the necessary care and support when they need it most. [lt]/span[gt][/p][p]Its also a personal challenge, something to focus on and a goal to aim for. Those of you who know me will know I am far from a seasoned distance runner! The furthest I've run non-stop is 3 miles aged 16 at Bottisham Village College school in the beautifully named 'Sewers Run'. My recent surgery has added to the challenge, but I am massively up for it and determined to complete the race come April 2016[/p][p]So thats enough talking, time for some doing. [/p][p]Thank you so much for reading, I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p][p]James[/p][p][/p][p][/p][p]PS - link to recent newspaper article I was in focusing on awareness of skin cancer if you are interested![/p][p][/p]


Apr 10, 2017

Dave Barrett Vogans

I ran the first and tenth London and now support younger people. Remember silly slow at first and then count the people you pass. Good luck.


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

May 24, 2016

Sarah and Jair, friends of Will and Jo.

Amazing achievement James, well done.


plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 5, 2016


A donation from a Cambridge Melanoma Support Group member X


Apr 29, 2016


Congrats James... you should be super proud of yourself mate! :)


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2016

Mary from CSC

Thank you for your fundraising effort, this means a lot, and is inspirational.


plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2016

Carole and Ian Faulkner, Lode


Apr 28, 2016

Lesley and Roger Pulvertaft, Lode


Apr 26, 2016

Bob & Mary

Well done James, 4.5 hours, brilliant.


plus £6.50 Gift Aid

Apr 26, 2016

Tom Hupe

A great effort Lovey, well done from all of us.


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 25, 2016

Sarah P

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