After losing his wife acute myeloid 22, former Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas will be undertaking a 30-day battle for Bloodwise UK.
Gemma Thomas passed away in November 2017, also Simon and his son Ethan have set out to increase consciousness of the fact that September is Blood Cancer Awareness month.
Day 14 had been spent at Sky Sports, at which Thomas was on to select the challenge that was volley before setting off to Carrow Road, where he played soccer that was zorb at half of the Canaries’ triumph.
“Blood Cancer Awareness month is September and that is why I am taking on one challenge daily for Bloodwise, and each day the struggles have been surprises,” explained Thomas.
“We are attempting first and foremost to increase awareness, since at the present time it is the fifth most common cancer in the country, but when it has to do with cancers it is the third biggest killer.
“Along with raising awareness, Bloodwise have been phenomenal in putting together a fund in Gemma’s name – that the Gemma Thomas fund – along with the cash we’ve been raising, which I believe is just about #5000, is placing cash into not only blood cancer research, but also acute myeloid leukaemia which is a rare form but such an aggressive kind.
“For the 3000 or so individuals who get it in the united kingdom every year, the one thing that’s got to alter is the survival rate because past five years that the survival rate at the moment for a person who gets serious myeloid leukaemia is just 15 percent and that has to change.”
Thomas claims his series of challenges’ primary objective would be to educate individuals on blood cancer’s symptoms.
“We all know from here in Sky Sports exactly what Jeff Stelling has been performing with his cries for prostate cancer, this narrative in terms of teaching men about what to search out in regard to prostate cancer and football has turned into a game-changer,” said Thomas.
“breast cancer in the past couple of years which has had its own game-changer [second ] in relation to girls now being aware of what to watch out for. The issue with blood cancer is they may be extremely varied and that the symptoms are numerous.
“Folks right now aren’t up to speed about what to watch out for and to our price two years ago, when Gemma started falling sick, we did not understand what she had been experiencing – the frustrations, the extreme tiredness, the bruise that wouldn’t go were tell-tale indications that something which was seriously erroneous.
“We are first off all trying to raise awareness because in the moment half the UK population can’t name one blood cancer manifestation and that has got to change.”
The Ruth Strauss Foundation was founded by former England captain Sir Andrew Strauss in honor of his wife, who died of a rare form of lung cancer.
On day two of the second Ashes Test between England and Australia, everybody was asked to use red to Lord’s to raise awareness and money for the cause. Thomas was unable to attend the afternoon but says he has felt the effect of support in the sporting community.
“I have not fulfilled [Strauss] because what occurred but we exchanged messages a tiny bit about how is he doing and he very kindly invited me along to that remarkable day at Lord’s, but sadly we were away at the time and couldn’t move,” said Thomas.
“We’ve seen through Andrew Strauss and Glenn McGrath – but also we felt it somewhat ourselves when this happened – that there’s a massive community inside the area of sport and particularly when it comes to soccer.
“I had countless messages such as a beautiful letter from Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham which he wrote himself – it was not a sort of club-generated letter, he had written it himself. You felt that the world of soccer getting around you and saying’Look this is horrible what’s happened to you but we are alongside you’.
To contribute to Simon Thomas’ 30-day battle for Bloodwise UK go to www.bloodwise.org.uk/simon
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