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Carmen walks 21 miles for myeloma

Carmen Lester, a myeloma patient from Surrey, is staying active and raising money for Myeloma UK by taking on the 21 Miles for Myeloma Challenge.

Fundraising news, Myeloma UK news // 19th June 2018

In 2014 and at the age of 54, Carmen Lester was diagnosed with Free Light Chain myeloma. She had been experiencing chronic bone pain and fatigue but as an active and healthy person, she didn’t think much of it.

Carmen said, “At diagnosis, 95% of my marrow was populated with myeloma. The consultant was amazed I even made it to the appointment, never mind driving there and working full time.

“I was put on 3 months of aggressive chemo as I was young and “fit” and by December 2014, the myeloma was down to 3%. Unfortunately, nine months after my stem cell transplant in May 2015, I relapsed.

“I have had a few different treatments, but I am currently on low dose maintenance tablets to keep the myeloma under control. As of May this year I am in regression.”

Carmen Lester and her brother Rafer in orange Myeloma UK t-shirts

As a way to help celebrate Myeloma UK’s 21st Year and to raise money for the charity, as well as to keep active, she decided to take on the 21 Miles for Myeloma Challenge.

“My husband Tony and my brother Rafer will walk with me in case I have a wobble. My family will walk part of the way (21 minutes minimum) to cheer us on throughout the walk. It will hurt, it will be fun, the scenery will be inspiring and it will hopefully raise awareness about this debilitating cancer.”

The trio started their walk in Portland Bill, Dorset walking through the Portland peninsula, along Weymouth Harbour and the coastal path, to finish in Lulworth Cove. The rest of the family joined them 15 miles in at Smuggler’s Inn in Osmington Mills, with another crowd waiting for them at the pub. Carmen has managed to raise over £5,800 for her 21 mile walk.

To find out more about Carmen’s journey or to donate, visit her JustGiving page.