Fiona Codd, a 20-year-old leukaemia patient from Sutton Coldfield, has urged the people of Birmingham that it is not too late to sign up and run for Cure Leukaemia and the University of Birmingham in the Bupa Great Birmingham Run in October.
Fiona is currently in remission from acute myeloid leukaemia and is holding her own fundraising event at New Oscott Social Club on Friday October 3rd but is keen to encourage more people from the second city to raise money for the Birmingham based blood cancer charity and the University of Birmingham.
She said, “I’m really looking forward to playing my part in raising money for Cure Leukaemia but there’s still time for people to sign up and run for a fantastic cause on Sunday October 19th. I know the amazing work Cure Leukaemia does for people like myself and every penny raised for the charity can help save lives.”
Fiona was diagnosed with blood cancer in December 2013 and spent Christmas in hospital receiving chemotherapy treatment,
“Christmas was horrible, just horrible. The nurses and my family did everything they could to keep my spirits up but it was so hard. Losing my hair was heartbreaking. It was the side effect I dreaded most of all. Wearing wigs helped but it just wasn’t the same.”
Around Fiona’s 20th birthday in February this year she was told she was in remission and is now looking to the future. “It was like I had my life back all of a sudden! I can think about going to University again and pursuing a career in the media. My hair has started to grow back and I feel so much better in myself.”
“I was on the same ward as Stephen Sutton who was such an inspiration to us all, and I’m looking forward to doing my bit for Cure Leukaemia this month.”
James McLaughlin the Chief Executive of Cure Leukaemia said, “We are so grateful for patients like Fiona who put in so much effort to raise money for Cure Leukaemia.
It’s great news that her leukaemia is in remission and I hope her fundraising event is a great success. Birmingham has a unique opportunity to find a cure for this terrible disease and the support of people like Fiona will help us achieve that goal.”
There’s still time to register to run for Cure Leukaemia and the University of Birmingham in the Bupa Great Birmingham Run. Email Joe@CureLeukaemia.co.uk to get signed up. Cure Leukaemia pay your entry fee, provide you with a bespoke running shirt and invite you to Birmingham’s best post-race party at Walkabout on Broad Street - all in return for your minimum sponsorship of £350.
If you’d like to donate on Fiona’s fundraising page, visit her JustGiving Page - www.justgiving.com/fiona-codd/