Leeds cancer survivor pounds the pavement in honour of charity

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A cancer survivor from Leeds has helped raise vital charity cash by taking on the Great North Run.

Jamie Barugh, who lives in Guiseley, took on the half marathon yesterday in aid of the cancer charity Anthony Nolan.

The 44-year-old, who works in the freight forwarding and logistics sector, decided to enter the gruelling event after receiving a life-saving stem cell transplant in 2013.

Ten years ago he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer which treatments could not completely cure, meaning the disease was likely to return.

Jamie needed a stem cell transplant and in 2013, after several years in remission, he resumed treatment.

A match was found by the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register charity and stem cells from an anonymous donor were successfully transplanted.

He said: “Months after my transplant, when I got back to work and got some normality back in my life, I thought that it was absolutely essential to get my fitness back.

“I started running and hitting the gym. I even went to a dedicated boxing gym in Bradford for a while. Even though I was weaker than before, I gave it 100 per cent.”

He then started taking his fitness to the next level and after successfully completing a number of 10km runs he signed up to the 13.1-mile Great North Run.

“I’m glad to say I was successful enough to win entry to the Great North Run and to be asked to run for the Anthony Nolan team was an absolute honour.

“It’s also remarkable that people come forward and donate their stem cells, helping people like myself and others.”

Anthony Nolan has been saving the lives of people with blood cancer for over four decades, by matching them to people willing to donate their bone marrow, or blood stem cells, for a lifesaving transplants.

To sponsor Jamie, visit bit.ly/2cJA0HT.

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