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Four Nations, One Team Challenge ambassadors: meet David

Meet Northern Ireland Ambassador, David Gilliland, 53, from County Antrim in Northern Ireland

Fundraising news // 8th April 2021

As part of our Four Nations One Team Challenge, David Gilliland was nominated as an ambassador to represent Northern Ireland. Here he shares his story and why

“I’ve been lucky to some extent in that at present I’m asymptomatic so haven’t had to face any of the difficult choices around treatment. I visited the doctor because I was tired a lot and after my GP couldn’t work out why after a lot of blood tests, I was referred to Haematology at Belfast City Hospital and they did some more tests before diagnosing me with myeloma.

Telling the kids was difficult, although that eased as we got more information and realised that things weren’t completely dark, and as I said, with me being asymptomatic, I’m much luckier than others.

Early on, my consultant advised me to use Myeloma UK as a resource for accurate and up to date information and resources. The information supplied has been very good and when I approached them for some of the fundraising activities they’ve been very supportive. Both my wife, Sharon and myself have also found the infodays very helpful and a good way to get a handle on what’s going on in the wider ‘myeloma’ world.

I’m honoured to act as an ambassador for Northern Ireland for the Four Nations, One Team Challenge. I feel fit and healthy and want to put that feeling to good use and raise as much money as possible. I hope that people not just from Northern Ireland but throughout the UK will get involved in this exciting challenge. We need to continue to help raise the funds necessary to provide support to patients and their families whenever they need it. Challenges like this one help keep myeloma in the public eye and help to generate interest and funds to support the research necessary to improve the lives of everyone diagnosed with myeloma.”

If you would like to support David during the challenge you can visit his Just Giving Page.

Take part in our Four Nations, One Team challenge and go the extra mile to help us create a hopeful future for our myeloma community

If you would like to get involved you can sign up to complete a 100km distance around England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, on our exciting virtual platform, between 1–30 April. Whether you like walking, running, swimming or cycling – or all of them – you can complete the distance however you choose.

Complete the challenge on your own, as a family or with friends. You could challenge loved ones who don’t live nearby to complete the distance and see who finishes first. There is a £10 registration fee for each route and we’d like you to raise £100 sponsorship to create a hopeful future for our myeloma community. You will have access to our virtual platform where you can track your progress around your chosen route and get exciting milestone alerts. You can also see others taking part in the challenge.