When Mark Heasman’s best friend Jamie died at just 23 from leukaemia, he left a note, asking his friends and family to raise money for Anthony Nolan.
Mark set himself a goal of raising £100,000 and has taken on 4 Bupa Great North Runs with his brother and friend's. This year, he set himself a bigger target, completing the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon with his brother Paul.
Mark said: "Five years ago one of my closest friends, Jamie, was diagnosed with leukaemia. At the time we were students and were out partying every night – we felt invincible. Although Anthony Nolan found a bone marrow donor for Jamie, he passed away in 2010, just after his 23rd birthday. Jamie left behind a letter asking his friends and family to continue to support Anthony Nolan after his death, to help give other people the chance to live.”
“If Jamie was here today and knew I was taking on a marathon, he'd have a bloody good laugh. Especially if he heard I was planning on giving up alcohol in the months running up to it! Jamie was an incredible person – even when he wrote that letter, he was thinking of other people.“
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