Watch above: Andrew & Jenny's story
Andrew Thompson from Cannock is set to run the Morrisons Great Birmingham Run on Sunday for Cure Leukaemia in support of his wife of 23 years, Jenny.
Jenny has Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) and is currently battling the disease on ward 625 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QE), Birmingham.
“We weren’t even sure to go to the hospital back in March.
Jenny had a bad cold and had been feeling under the weather but we never imagined it could have been blood cancer.
We nearly left A & E but thank goodness we didn’t.
The doctor Jenny eventually saw recognised there could be a serious problem and from that point it happened incredibly fast.
Jenny was diagnosed with AML and admitted to New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.”
“Jenny they went through gruelling chemotherapy treatment before a donor was found and she had a stem cell transplant at the QE.
Fingers crossed it has gone well and we can start to look to the future.
It has been an incredibly difficult time for all of us but I have to mention how fantastic the doctors and nurses have been throughout.
I know that a few years ago the prognosis for Jenny wouldn’t have been a good one, but thanks to charities like Cure Leukaemia we have hope that Jenny will recover.
It was Jenny’s 50th birthday this year and we’ve obviously not celebrated it properly.
We’re looking forward to doing so next year."
Andrew is a keen runner and will be pounding the streets in Team Cure Leukaemia this Sunday and alongside his JustGiving page he will be taking on the 13.1 mile course with collection buckets and hopes the Brummie public are generous with their change.
“I don’t normally run with even a water bottle so it will be strange but I am proud to run for this charity.
I hope I can raise a significant amount for them.”
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Cure Leukaemia's £1m Centre Appeal 2017