Like father like daughter
Dad inspires marathon attempt
THE daughter of a man who fought off a rare cancer to run marathons is set to raise funds for the charity that helped him.
Georgina Cook is running the London marathon for a charity that helped her father Russell Cook, who lives in Stoke Poges.
He was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) six years ago and was fighting for his life until his son donated bone marrow.
He has since run several marathons and is deputy chairman of MDS charity.
Miss Cook said: “I get no enjoyment out of running, so doing the marathon is not only a challenge physically, but mentally for me.
“I have the extra motivation of the fact that, after everything my dad has overcome, he can run a marathon.
“My dad really has become an inspiration to me and when I think of everything he’s achieved, it really is amazing.”
Despite this, Miss Cook said she does not feel the pressure.
“Ultimately, me doing the marathon is because of my dad and not because of me, so there is no competition.”
Miss Cook is raising funds for MDS UK Patient Support Group. She said: “Although the charity is very small, it truly does have a huge effect on the people it reaches out to, and that is why it is so important that we fundraise for it.
“Ultimately, sufferers of MDS often find that, with it being so rare, there is not much support out there for them.
“The community that the charity has built up allows them not only to get more information about their disease but offers emotional support, which is hugely important, CHALFONT ST PETER: The inaugural meeting of a new University of the Third Age is on Wednesday, March 11, at 1.30pm.
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Georgina Cook with her father Russell, she is set to run the London Marathon for the MDS UK charity that helped him and more. Knowing you’re not the only one can be very reassuring, and by linking these people up they are able to share their stories.
“My dad’s link is a pretty clear one – he suffered with MDS.
“He was fortunate enough to beat it, but this is a life threatening illness that we have seen, first-hand, takes the lives of others who were not so fortunate.”
Mr Cook, ran three marathons last year which raised £14,500 for five charities.
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