The Readiness of the Long Distance Runner Eds set to go the distance for cancer charity
The Readiness of the Long Distance Runner Ed’s set to go the distance for cancer charity
Yorkshire recruiter, Ed Devanney, is raising funds for Myeloma UK and awareness of the disease – a form of bone cancer – with a series of gruelling runs around the country.
The TEK Personnel recruitment consultant, of Odsal, Bradford, lost an uncle he was very close to, to Myeloma last year, at just 47, leaving behind four children aged between seven and 13. He says that watching the tragedy unfold was a shocking eye-opener: “Richard went through chemotherapy, radiotherapy and stem cell treatment. Each time there was hope and he was in remission, the cancer came back stronger and the whole process started again.
It was the outstanding work of the specialist Myeloma and Macmillan nurses during this time that inspired Ed to raise funds and awareness. “Nothing was too much trouble for them, whether it was for Richard or his family, and seeing all this close up really made me want to give something back.
“If I can raise enough money to pay for the support of other patients and their loved ones, the research into Myeloma and its treatment and prevent one other person going through what my uncle did, then I will have helped in some small way.”
Ironically, the 31-year-old has always hated running, regarding it as an occasional necessity rather than a fun activity. However, recognising its effectiveness as fundraising method, he has worked very hard at his least favourite form of exercise recently.
Ed has completed the British 10k in London and the Hull 10k, in June (where he clocked up his best time over that distance), the Leeds 10k and the York 10k, in July and August.
Now, he is preparing for the Great North Run, on the 16th September. Here he hopes to raise £1,000 and his employer, TEK Personnel, has started the ball rolling with a £200 donation.
Operations director, Glyn Chandler, said, “We are very proud to sponsor Ed’s hard work and Myeloma UK and hope the wider community will get behind him to achieve his target. Any amount will make a difference, so whether you can sponsor him by the kilometre, or per race, all backing will be very welcome.”
You can pledge at www.justgiving.com/edward-devanney2012