Like fa­ther like daugh­ter

Dad in­spires marathon at­tempt

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

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.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vides ed­u­ca­tional, cre­ative and leisure

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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