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Clocking up miles for myeloma on the Dick Turpin Dog Walk

Graham Kavanagh, a personal trainer from York, is taking on Dick Turpin’s Dog Walk, to help raise money in memory of his parents.

Fundraising news // 19th February 2019

After losing his mum Marilyn to myeloma in 2015 and his dad, Donald, to mesothelioma the following year, Graham wanted to raise some money to support both Myeloma UK and Mesothelioma UK. The 45-year-old wanted to do something unique and decided to take on Dick Turpin’s Dog Walk every day for a year, as part of the Miles for Myeloma challenge.

Graham started his challenge on 1 February 2019, and is walking the two-mile circular route every morning from 7am. He is encouraging others to join him for a donation of £1, and says the more the merrier.

“Raising awareness of myeloma is important to me as my mam died painfully over three years. Whilst I can’t bring her back, I can stir up people’s attitudes to take note” Graham said, “Myeloma is a painful cancer: going into remission and it coming back ten times stronger.”

You can join Graham on his challenge at any point during his 365 day challenge. The walk starts at 7am from Cliffords Tower, finishing at the same place. It takes between 45 minutes to an hour to complete and is allegedly the route Dick Turpin walked his dog, Little Nell. In total, Graham is hoping to walk 730 miles every day until 1 February 2020. Funds raised will be equally split between Myeloma UK and Mesothelioma UK.

If you would like to take on your own walking challenge, why not sign-up to the Miles for Myeloma challenge? It’s a great way to raise money, spend time with family and friends, as well as get some steps in. You can find out more about by visiting the campaign webpage.