Elvet Striders have been invited to take over Durham parkrun and use this opportunity to stage a public registration event for DKMS, at Durham Amateur Rowing Club who have kindly offered the use of their premises. The club are working with DKMS to encourage as many people aged between 17-55 and in general good health to attend and register as a potential lifesaver.
The event will take place at Durham Amateur Rowing Club, Green Lane, Durham, DH1 3JU between 0900 and 1030hrs on Saturday 24th March. Chairman of Elvet Striders, Jonathan Hamill said: “As a large local club of some 450 runners we’re pleased to have the opportunity to do something positive to support Shaun and DKMS, and I’d encourage parkrun participants, our local running community and people in Durham to come and support this very worthwhile event.”
Shaun is currently undergoing chemotherapy but will need a donation of blood stem cells from someone with a matching tissue-type to treat his acute myeloid leukemia. His doctors will shortly start the search for a matching donor. The blood cancer charity DKMS is supporting Shaun to help find a donor for him and others seeking matching donors.
Shaun was a fit and active runner before he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia following a routine blood test. Within two days he was admitted to the Northern Centre for Cancer Care in Newcastle for an intensive 4 week session of chemotherapy and his doctors are now searching for a matching blood stem cell donor for him.
As Shaun is a long standing, and well thought of, member of the club, the club would like to do all it can to support this event. Elvet Striders will be taking over the Durham parkrun on Saturday 24th March and working in partnership with DKMS to encourage others to register as potential blood stem cell donors.
Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Many people never find the lifesaving blood stem cell donor match they need. This isn’t because a match doesn’t exist, it’s simply because there aren’t enough people registered as donors.
Shaun said: “I am absolutely delighted at the response of Elvet Striders as a club to this situation, and hope the forthcoming special DKMS parkrun event is a great success. Thank-you to everyone involved.
I know the club also has fundraising plans for later in the year to help cover some of the costs of processing all the swabs, which I am also delighted about, and who knows … would like to get involved in myself, should I get the chance.”
Sarah Gray, Donor Recruitment Manager, at DKMS UK said: “Please spare the time to attend the event and help find a matching donor for someone in need of a blood stem cell transplant. By doing this selfless act and registering as a potential lifesaver you’ll go on standby to save the life of someone just like you. If you can’t make the donor drive, you can register online for a home swab kit at www.dkms.org.uk.”
To register one potential blood stem cell donor it costs £40. DKMS relies on monetary donations to help cover this cost. Whilst the NHS is very supportive, it falls to charities like us to reach out to those lifesavers – please support us in registering more potential lifesavers and donate online.
For those who want to attend parkrun, the run starts at the Graham Sports Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, DH1 3SE at 0900hrs. The run finishes adjacent to the bandstand on the Racecourse section of the riverside path, near to Durham Amateur Rowing Club. Participants have to register in advance and bring a printed copy of their barcode.