This is the second year in a row that Ben has committed to run the British 10k, both years has seen him and his close friend Adam Smith raise substantial amounts of money for Myeloma UK, a charity that is very important to them. Adam’s Father Trevor is suffering from the incurable form of cancer so it is something that touches both boys on a very personal basis.
Myeloma, also known as multiple myeloma, is a type of cancer arising from plasma cells which are found in the bone marrow. Normal plasma cells produce antibodies to help fight infection. In myloma, malignant plasma cells in the bone marrow produce large amounts of an abnormal antibody known as paraprotein. Unlike normal antibodies, paraprotein lacks the capacity to fight infection and has no useful function.
Myeloma most commonly occurs in people later in life i.e. over the age of 60. However, some myeloma patients can be younger. Unfortunately this is the case with Trevor. Myeloma is the second most common type of blood cancer. There are about 4,000 new cases per year in the UK, but generally the causes are unknown.
What Myeloma UK do…
Myeloma UK works with researchers who conduct ongoing research into finding a cure for myeloma. As well as this, Myeloma UK provides help and support for patients and their families throughout the diagnosis and treatment process.
What we can do…
Like with any charitable organisation (Charity No: SC 026116), funding is an integral part of research and finding a cure. Fundraising is key, so if you could donate to this great cause it would be greatly appreciated, however big or small.
Ben and Adam have their pockets loaded with EZ Fuel Energy Gels, and their drinks bottles brimming with EZ Fuel Isotonic to keep them going the whole way round the iconic 10k route.
Should you choose to help Ben raise money for this great cause, you can donate directly to their fundraising page. JustGiving sends your donation straight to Myeloma UK and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.
Thank you in advance for any support!