Marathon man Rus­sell aids life-sav­ing char­ity

Run­ner wants to help fel­low blood can­cer suf­fer­ers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­

A MAN who ran three marathons after more than 350 blood and platelet trans­fu­sions and three bone mar­row trans­plants is join­ing a cam­paign to raise funds for rare blood can­cers.

Rus­sell Cook, of Ger­rards Cross Road, Stoke Po­ges, raised aware­ness for blood can­cer by com­plet­ing marathons in Rome, London and Ed­in­burgh ear­lier this year.

Mr Cook was di­ag­nosed with aplas­tic anaemia, a rare form of blood can­cer, in June 2009 after suf­fer­ing from ex­treme fa­tigue and bruis­ing.

He was then di­ag­nosed with myelodys­plas­tic syn­drome (MDS), a bone mar­row disorder, in Novem­ber 2009, and the only cure was a bone mar­row trans­plant.

He had two un­suc­cess­ful trans­plants, but the third one, from son Luke, 15, in 2010, was a suc­cess. Now he is cam­paign­ing to get more peo­ple to raise funds for the char­ity that sup­ported him.

He said: “After my ef­forts at run­ning this year I wanted to be­come a more per­ma­nent part of a char­ity that sup­ports the pa­tients and car­ers of MDS – the ill­ness that nearly killed me.”

Mr Cook has of­fered to help raise funds for MDS UK and is ap­peal­ing to busi­nesses to sign up as spon­sors.

He is also look­ing for peo­ple who al­ready have bal­lot places in big races to run for MDS.

Mr Cook added: “Ini­tially, I’d like to track down any run­ners that get bal­lot places in next year’s London Marathon and ask them to run for MDS UK.

“I’ve ap­proached a num­ber of run­ning fo­rums but to no avail and at the mo­ment the only run­ner we’ll have will be my daugh­ter.

“MDS is a de­bil­i­tat­ing and life-threat­en­ing blood disorder and MDS UK pro­vides help and support to pa­tients and their car­ers in a way that doc­tors and med­i­cal staff sim­ply don’t have time to do.”

If you would like to help, email rus­sell.cook5@btopen

FUNDRAIS­ING: Rus­sell Cook with wife Susan

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