On Sunday August 4th I'm going to be doing a triathlon at Bewl Water in Kent: http://www.bewltriathlon.co.uk/standard.html.
I'll be struggling around the Olympic distance (1500m Swim - 40km Bike - 10km Run) and hoping to raise some money for a fantastic charity set up by some good friends of ours: www.erasemeso.org.
We met the charity's founders, Jill and Paul Cook, at NCT classes and we both have sons, Cam Cook and our Freddie, that are now nearly 7 and were born 2 days apart in St George's Hospital, Tooting.
In 2017 aged 43 and fighting fit, Paul's lung suddenly collapsed & he was diagnosed with mesothelioma (asbestos cancer). He was given 12 months to live.
6 rounds of chemotherapy followed, then radiotherapy and surgery leaving him with one and a half working lungs.
Paul miraculously survived. He vowed to raise funds to find a cure for mesothelioma and set up Erase Meso.
Everyone involved with Erase Meso is thrilled you want to help. We really believe we can make a difference.
(Jill, Paul's wife cried when she heard we were doing this!)
Thank you so much for any cash you can spare!
ALL money raised from my triathlon will fund research via this volunteer-led charity.
How the funding will be spent
We'll fund a number of leading-edge research projects, most likely in the areas of immunotherapy and CAR-T cell therapy. These projects are closest to a cure but have limited funds. We will update on exactly where the money has gone and what we've achieved through your support.
How this will benefit the community
The UK has the highest incidence of meso in the world - 5000 deaths a year and rising. Despite being banned in 1999, asbestos is still found in over 50% of homes and 9/10 NHS hospitals. 12 people are diagnosed a day yet there is no current cure and prognosis is poor. Extra funding goes a long way in finding a cure for this devastating disease.
Erase Meso is a voluntary community committed to raising funds to research a cure for mesothelioma.
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