20-year-old Fiona Codd from Sutton Coldfield has raised £5,050 for Cure Leukaemia through her recent fundraising evening at New Oscott Social Club.
In November 2013 Fiona was like any other 19 year-old girl. She was studying hard to go to University and pursue a career in the media. She loved Peter Andre, Olly Murs, seeing her friends and enjoying life.
In December she started getting flu-like symptoms that were more persistent than normal. After feeling like something was wrong she consulted her doctor and after a blood test she was referred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further tests.
The result of those tests was not good. Fiona was told that she had leukaemia, acute myeloid leukaemia.
Thanks to the amazing work of the Cure Leukaemia nurses and doctors, Fiona is delighted to be able to say that she is in remission and is now keen to do all she can to raise vital funds for Cure Leukaemia.
This kick-started in October this year when Fiona, along with her parents Jane and James, organised a charity disco at New Oscott Social Club - attended by over 200 friends and family!
The fun-filled night was kindly supported by a number of local companies who donated an array of prizes for the raffle and auction, followed by a disco which went well in to the night. Once all the money was collected, the family were able to present Cure Leukaemia with a cheque for £5,050, money that once leveraged will be worth over £50,000 of potentially life-saving drugs.
Speaking about Cure Leukaemia, Fiona said:
It's such a great charity. Professor Charlie Craddock, one of the doctors at the QE Hospital and a co-founder of Cure Leukaemia came around the ward and told me how I was doing. He's upbeat and a nice person and I wanted to help."
Fiona's dad, James, said: "My daughter's gone through quite a rough time and the charity did a lot for her with support through her chemotherapy.
"We just wanted to give her a boost and make a night of it. Give her a lift and we had around 200 come along and raise money for the good cause."
Watch: September 2014 - Fiona's Story
Everyone at Cure Leukaemia would like to say a huge 'Thank You' to Fiona, her family and all those who attended the evening - with your support we will continue our aim to help the city find a cure for blood cancer in the next 30 years.
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