Father and daughter team up to fundraise for Cure Leukaemia

26th August 2014

Martin Gibson, aged 45, has teamed up with his nine-year-old daughter Lydia, to help raise funds for Cure Leukaemia.

Martin was diagnosed with blood cancer in 2003 after he fell over and broke his arm, he was treated by Professor Charles Craddock and his team at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital who helped him through his battle with leukaemia. Since then he has completed several half marathons and one full marathon in 2011.

He said: "It was an unusual break and when I had a biopsy they found I had plasmacytoma. I had radiotherapy and to repair my arm, I had a metal bar put in the bone from my shoulder to elbow to hold it together. That was the last I heard of it until 2008 when the cancer came back in several places.

"I was told the only treatment was a bone marrow transplant, which I had in 2009."

Since the transplant, Martin has been fighting fit and has raised hundreds of pounds for the charity. He is now preparing for Survival of the Fittest Elite, a 13 mile assault course that will be held in Nottingham on October 11.

Martin added: "It’s an even greater challenge for me because my arm isn't as strong as a normal persons. I'm feeling quite apprehensive but I'm training every day without fail, whether it's doing press ups or going out for a run."

Make a donation to Martin’s JustGiving page HERE >

In his bid to raise cash for the charity, Martin has received a helping hand from his daughter, Lydia, who has been busy making and selling loom bands.

The Oldswinford Primary School pupil said: "I want to help other people that have terrible illnesses. I will be doing a variety of different challenges this year."

Make a donation to Lydia’s JustGiving page HERE >

Her proud dad added: "My event will come and go but Lydia wants to do something long-term, she'll keep going, doing different challenges as she comes up with new ideas and raising her target once she reaches it. I'm enjoying having her do it with me, she's my best friend."

To find out how you can help by organising you own fundraising idea please click HERE > 



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