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24/04/2015 00:00 
Good luck to all our staff, patients and supporters who are running in this Sunday’s 2015 Virgin London Marathon to support great causes at UCLH.

The National Brain Appeal at the NHNN hopes to be £40,000 better off after the event and is pinning its hopes on 20 runners who have pledged to raise sponsorship. Competitors include relatives and former patients, as well as consultants Neil Kitchen, Dr Adam Rennie and physiotherapist Lindsay Potter.

On his Just Giving page, consultant neurosurgeon Neil Kitchen said: “It’s my seventh marathon and I am running to acknowledge the bravery and fortitude displayed by my numerous brain tumour patients and their families many of whom have been tremendous supporters of Queen Square and The National Brain Appeal.”

Youth Support Coordinator Haroon Mota is raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and has almost topped his £10,000 personal target.  It is his third Marathon. “Running 26.2 is such a killer; training for it is even harder! Nothing in comparison to what young cancer patients have to deal with,” he writes on his Just Giving page.

Amy Jones is raising money for the cardiopulmonary exercise test laboratory at UCLH, where she works.

Former patient Chris Burt is taking part in the marathon to celebrate five cancer-free years and raise money for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Unit at University College Hospital where he was treated. He was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma, a rare type of cancer of the lymphatic system when he was just 35.

On his Just Giving page he writes:  “I spent four months in the unit receiving treatment, none of which was particularly enjoyable as you can expect! I can safely say, however, that without this unit I would not be here today, as they are amazing people. Not only from the knowledge and expertise that they have, but also the attitude to their work and the amazing support that they provide, which got me through some incredible lows that came with the treatment. Every single one went about what is a difficult job in a positive and cheery manner.”

Chris was given the all clear in April 2010.

The UCLH Charity Breathing Matters and the University College Hospital Cancer Fund are also due to benefit from patients' relatives running in the race.

Click here to find out more about the Virgin Money London Marathon.


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