Fundraising news // 23rd March 2021
As part of our Four Nations One Team Challenge, Sarah Barron was nominated as an ambassador to represent Scotland. Here she shares her story and why she can’t wait to get the challenge started.
“I was diagnosed with myeloma in July 2020. I’d noticed a change in my mobility and back pain so I knew something wasn’t right. One day something ‘let go’ and I was taken to the hospital by ambulance and admitted. It was then discovered that there was a fluid-filled growth around vertebrae L3 which caused it to fracture, needless to say, the growth was found to be caused by myeloma. My treatment started straight away and so far, I have received six rounds of BTD treatment which has led to a reduction in the number of paraproteins (markers). I am now receiving lenalidomide treatment and I am currently waiting for a date for my stem cell transplant.
“Since my diagnosis, I have received so much support from Myeloma UK. Most of the literature I received and information we have has come from them. My husband has found the website and Facebook pages useful for checking symptoms and talking to other people in a similar situation. I think Myeloma UK is brilliant, it’s great to know that there is specific support so easily available. I work as a scientist for a pharmaceutical company making drugs to treat cancer so I know how important investment into research and development is.
“It’s for these reasons that I try and fundraise for Myeloma UK whenever possible. When I found out that I had been nominated as an ambassador for Scotland for the Four Nations, One Team Challenge I felt incredibly flattered. I love the idea of the challenge and anyone can get involved which makes it appealing and I can’t wait to get started.
“I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to get involved with this challenge. We need to do what we can to support charities like Myeloma UK and the NHS who help in the development of treatment regimens and care for all myeloma patients. I love the idea of representing my country whilst fundraising but we are all one community and I feel that together we can make a difference.”
If you would like to support Sarah during the challenge you can visit her 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.