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What is the BONE-shaker MARROW-thon and why has it been organised? The ride has a number of aims: - 1. To raise money for charities important in Katherine’s continuing care 2. To raise awareness of blood cancer and bone marrow transplants by creating a memorable ‘spectacle’ 3. To pay tribute to the two hospitals instrumental in Katherine’s care (Birmingham and Burton) Which charities will benefit and why? Cure Leukaemia - the charity co-founded by Katherine's consultant which gives patients access to ground-breaking drugs. Katherine has been treated by Cure Leukaemia-funded specialists and nurses. Anthony Nolan - the charity responsible for finding Katherine a suitable bone marrow donor for her transplant which took place in October 2013. Katherine is now helping the charity with its ‘Roadmap for Recovery’ campaign. Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity - the charity which makes patients as comfortable as possible. Katherine has spent 13 weeks in the QEHB this year - making plenty of use of the comforts provided by the charity. Why the name? Pay attention to the capital letters and hypens and you spell out ‘bone marrow’. A bone marrow transplant is the only cure for many forms of leukaemia. So this is really a bone marrow marathon on two wheels. And there’s no better way to illustrate the ride than with an image of a skeleton bike as it’s your bones which hold your bone marrow Is this a one-off? The BONE-shaker MARROW-thon is new for 2014 but it is not necessarily a one-off. The success of the 2014 ride will determine if the ride is repeated in 2015. If you want to see this as a regular feature, then help make the 2014 ride a day to remember. How can I help? Organising an event of this magnitude is a huge undertaking. If you have a suggestion of what you would like to see at the event, please get in touch. We need an army of determined volunteers on the day, maybe you could help?
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