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Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research are currently running a “Give Us 5” campaign. There are 5 great reasons to ‘Give us 5’:

  1. Blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma affect anyone, any age.
  2. 90% of children survive the most common form of leukaemia. Help us reach 100%.
  3. Teenagers with blood cancers are hard to treat. Help us give them the chance of life.
  4. More people under 40 die from blood cancer than any other cancer. Help us keep families together.
  5. Every penny we raise equals more lives saved.

Please visit our JustGiving Webpage and then give yourself a high five for donating!

In Training

Team Wayne have begun training for the 3 Peaks Challenge! Damo, Kev & Mike have been training regularly in the gym. Working mainly on cardio and fitness levels, as well as some weights to increase overall body strength.

Carl has been out runing with some of the family too.

Damo and Kev have been wearing in their hiking gear, trekking off to Castle Eaton along the Thames Path (pictured right), which is an 8.5 mile round trip. First attempt was 3 hours 13 and Kev shaved 40 minutes off that on the 2nd attempt.

The team will shortly be meeting up together to start some hiking training, with The Ridgeway and Liddington Hill the first few areas to tackle locally, before moving onto some hillier terrain (eg Brecon Beacons or Snowdonia).

In The Papers

There’s been a couple more new stories about Wayne & Team Wayne recently in the local papers.

The Wilts & Glos Standard featured a nice story about Team Wayne.

The Swindon Advertiser did a nice write up on Wayne’s funeral, which was attended by many friends and family.

Over £700 was pledged in sponsorship to Team Wayne after the funeral, at the Cricklade Club, which is a fantastic effort by everyone involved!

Thankyou!

We’d like to say thank you to Mark and Abigail Ball for lending equipment to the team which they used when they completed their own challenge of treking the Great Wall of China last year to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer charity.

Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

The type of Leukaemia that Wayne had is called Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.

Leukaemia is a cancer of the blood. It affects the white blood cells, which are a really important part of our immune system that fights infection.

Different leukaemias are diagnosed according to the type of white blood cell affected and the speed with which the cancer progresses.

AML is an acute leukaemia meaning that it is more aggressive and progresses quickly. It affects a type of white blood cell called the myeloid cell.

Making blood

White blood cells are made in the bone marrow – the soft tissue in the middle of our bones where all our blood cells are made. Mother cells, called stem cells, reside here and make every type of blood cell that we need.

Stem cells constantly produce new blood cells to replace old and damaged ones. New cells only leave the bone marrow once they have fully matured. This process is well controlled so that we have just the right amount of each blood cell in our body.

Signs & Symptoms

There are no specific symptoms of AML and the condition can be confused with other common illnesses.

In general AML develops very quickly and the symptoms appear over a matter of days or weeks. Common symptoms include:

  • Unusual bleeding and bruising
  • Paleness
  • Tiredness and breathlessness
  • Frequent and persistent infections

These are caused by a lack of healthy red and white cells and platelets in the blood.

You can find out more on the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Website.