I will start by saying that I am just a normal 24 year-old guy, who had the misfortune to lose a close friend long before her time. Alice Byron was only 20 years old when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Leukaemia, yet she never once let it deter her spirit and determination to live. Inspiring thousands with her charming wit, wisdom and refusal to embrace negativity, she became a poster child for mental resilience in the face of blood cancer. Sadly, Alice lost her life in July 2016, leaving behind a cause she had fought for the entire year before her death. Eighteen months after my own first challenge began in her memory, and over two years since Alice passed away, and my passion for continuing her cause has not faded.
I am not a marathon runner. I am a Netflix-watching, wine-drinking, procrastinating 20-something with a cause worth fighting for. Spirit and determination may not have saved Alice, but it is the reason that over £100,000 has been raised for Anthony Nolan in her name:
I am not a marathon runner. I am a Netflix-watching, wine-drinking, procrastinating 20-something with a cause worth fighting for.
the reason why thousands of people have signed up to become bone marrow donors with her in mind, and the reason that so many around her have since pushed themselves to do more.
That same spirit and determination keeps me running marathons, cycling obscene distances and seeking out the challenges that drive me to the point of absolute exhaustion – so long as I am reminded of these qualities, no challenge will be too long or too difficult.
In 2017, I completed 44 events around the world and raised over £7000 for Anthony Nolan, a charity dedicated to the funding, research and use of the Bone Marrow register to give those with blood cancer a second chance. In 2018 I am running more marathons in Norway for the Norwegian Bone Marrow Donor Registry and sponsored by Repsol Norway, to raise awareness of the importance of joining this register for young people in Norway. To read more about why this all started, go to www.alicebyron.com. To keep up to date with current events, you can connect to my Facebook page here!