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Monday, 22nd September, 2014
It started last Christmas. I spent most of Christmas Day in bed with a stinking cough and cold which I’d had for 3 weeks. By Boxing Day we called 112 as we thought my asthma was kicking off. We eventually made a combined decision that it was probably best to go to A & E at the Royal Berks to check things out. Standard procedure in A & E there is to take a blood sample which they duly did, that was when my diagnosis with chronic myeloid leukaemia was made. It was a massive shock and in...
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Friday, 19th September, 2014
The first ever Birmingham Bikeathon is almost upon us! Preparations are well under way and we cannot wait to meet all our riders on the start line at Centenary Square. Besides the ride, there’s lots for riders and spectators to look forward to on Sunday. Check out our guide to find out how to make the most of the day: The Start We’ll be letting riders off in waves to help ease congestion at the start. Information on exact start times went out with the starter packs but 100 mile riders will...
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Friday, 19th September, 2014
A key step in understanding the nature of the fight for superiority between mutated genes and normal genes could lead to new therapies to combat leukaemia, say researchers from the University of Birmingham and Newcastle University. The study, published in Cell Reports, investigated Acute Myeloid Leukaemia to understand why leukemic cells are not able to develop normally into mature blood cells. The project was funded by Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research , Cancer Research UK, and the Medical...
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Thursday, 18th September, 2014
  In fact I'd missed the importance of today's date and it was only when I started getting congratulatory messages on LinkedIn that I realised. So today I've been unusually contemplative, thinking about the last 15 years with such mixed emotions and especially thinking of my cousin Rob, who at just 8 years old inspired me to try to make a real difference in the world.  By 1999 Rob had been battling leukaemia for many years and in the summer of that year we knew that his transplant had failed...
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Thursday, 18th September, 2014
Having been involved with the regional bikeathons for the past few months, it was great to have the chance to see the Southend Bikeathon in action, especially this year as it was their 20th one! On the 7th of September I joined the Southend Branch and nearly 700 riders bright and early at Shoebury East Beach for a 13 mile circuit, or 26 miles for those who were feeling brave! The riders were set off in stages throughout the morning so there was a great atmosphere of everyone coming and going...
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Thursday, 18th September, 2014
To kick off Small Change, BIG Impact in style last weekend, we secured five places for the infamous Zip Slide Across The Clyde in central Glasgow. I decided to practise what I preach and entered myself as the fifth person for the event, joining our supporters Kerry (who runs our Inverclyde Fundraising Group), Alyson, Charlie and Debbie. When I signed up it all seemed like a good idea but, having caught my first glimpse of the 150ft crane we were about to be hoisted to the top of, I think all of...
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