Just a week to go before Andrew and I attempt to climb Ben Nevis (1,344m) for Children with Cancer UK. Support us here!
When we were told that Yasmin had cancer our consultant told us the 'good news' - that acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is the most curable childhood cancer which gave Yasmin an excellent prognosis. (The bad news was the treatment would last between two and three years).
ALL used to be a death sentence with only one in ten surviving but this is now reversed with nine in ten surviving. This is because of the money that has poured into leukaemia research since the 1970s and 1980s. Cricket hero Ian Botham started his mammoth walks across the country to raise funds after a group of kids with leukaemia that he had met in hospital died. Many other people have dedicated time, effort and brilliance into finding a cure.
|Isaac and Yasmin show me how it's done|
Money raised for research goes directly into saving lives and for improving outcomes for children like Yasmin. Children with Cancer UK fund all kinds of trials including one currently underway trying to find ways of bringing the ALL cure rate up to 100%. They are also targeting cancers where the prognosis is currently not so good.
As many of you know, I was supposed to hike Ben Nevis last year but got sick with pneumonia due to the stress of dealing with Yasmin's cancer treatment while caring for baby Isaac. Instead Team Gosh, organised by my parents along with Greer who was fundraising with me for Haven House, completed the trek to the top and back down again - taking between eight to ten hours for the 16 mile walk.
This year Andrew and I are hiking Ben Nevis with ten-year-old Ed Gordon-Thomson, who like Yasmin, was diagnosed with ALL when he was two. You can read all about Ed and his family here. Joining us on the Climb with Ed are Loose Women presenters: Linda Robson, Nadia Sawalha and Kaye Adams and wildlife presenter Nigel Marven – so we imagine it will be quite a riotous few days! Already the Climb With Ed team has smashed our target of £20,000 – let us make that even higher!
I have been training quite hard for the past two months, but we have been warned that the weather conditions are very challenging at the moment which doesn’t inspire confidence.
But we are determined to do it!