My beautiful bright-soul and baby brother Gavin Pone was a recipient of a bone marrow transplant in late 2001 after suffering from Leukaemia for 5 years. However he tragically died on 1st May 2002 because it wasn't a strong enough match and his body didn't take to the transplant successfully. That's because there were so few suitable options on the bone marrow register. The problem currently is that patients from ethnic minority backgrounds are at a significant disadvantage of finding a perfect match, due to a lack of donors registering from their respective communities. This means the more diverse your ethnicity, the more difficult it is to find a match, resulting in many patients unfortunately never finding a match. The cure for blood cancers such as Leukaemia and Lymphoma is in the hands of ordinary people. We can wait for science to crack it or we can take direct action. This triathlon is my contribution, in my brothers memory, to keep the message out there and get more people from single or mixed ethnic heritages to register - it's easier than giving blood. To find out more visit http://www.raceagainstbloodcancer.com/join
LIVE TO TRI CHALLENGE
I will be swimming 400 metres in the Royal Victoria Docks, followed by a 10km bike ride and 2.5km run. I plan to smash it in an hour. I am learning to swim properly, undergoing extensive training and pushing my body to the brink just to be able to compete. Please sponsor my trouble :)
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