15 nurses from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and a 21-year-old blood cancer patient are ready to take part in the Color Run this weekend to raise funds for Cure Leukaemia.
15 nurses and health care assistants from Ward 625 at the QE are ready to take on the ‘happiest 5km run on the planet’ to raise vital funds for the Birmingham blood cancer charity.
Kiran Ali, Jessica Cain, Laura Conway, Martin Cooghan, Natalie Hollis, Maneeba Khalid, Melissa Magson, Carys Meadows, Claire Nash, Kate Rogers, Fern Rule, Emma Seale, Jaclyn Smith, Amy Warren and Sarah Workman all work on the Haematology ward at the hospital and witness the impact funds raised for Cure Leukaemia have every day.
Maneeba Khalid said, "Being diagnosed with leukaemia is not easy.
Myself and the rest of the team on Ward 625 have seen many patients lose their battle with leukaemia and have also seen the harrowing effect that it has on their loved ones who visit them day in, day out.
Now we want to raise money for a charity that is very close to our hearts and who better than Cure Leukaemia that is at the forefront of the battle against leukaemia here in Birmingham. We know first-hand the importance of the funding needed, to provide specialist research nurses and new pioneering treatments.
Although the Color Run will be a lot of fun for our team, this is our small way of making a difference to help save lives. We are asking everyone to please dig deep and support our challenge!"
One patient who has benefitted from funds raised for Cure Leukaemia is Fiona Codd from Sutton Coldfield. Fiona was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in November 2013. After treatment supported by Cure Leukaemia Fiona is now in remission and keen to give back to the charity that helped her so will take part this weekend in the race that will see thousands of runners doused in different colours at each kilometre of the course.
Fiona, who is running with her cousin Laura McCoy who works for Chambers Ford said,
"I owe my life to the wonderful team of doctors and nurses Cure Leukaemia support. I am passionate about raising funds to help others now and with the Color Run taking place on my doorstep it seemed the perfect event for me to take part in.
It’s great that I will be running alongside some of the nurses from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as well as they are the people who helped me through my battle.
I’m sure the Color Run will be great fun and I would like to encourage people to donate to my page as I know the funds will directly help people in the position I was in last year."
If you would like to donate to the nurses or Fiona please click the links below:
Ward 625 Nurses - https://www.justgiving.com/625Skittles/
Leukaemia patient Fiona Codd - http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Fiona-Laura
WATCH: Fiona Codd's story
How funds raised for Cure Leukaemia help save lives