1,356 participants and thousands of miles later, Walking Together has come to a triumphant end for 2019.
While everyone’s taking a well-earned rest after Walking Together in September, we’ve been totting up the lifesaving numbers from all the amazing people who took part. And we’re so blown away by what they’ve all achieved and the fun they had along the way, we had to share some of the incredible results.
Every single person who’s organised a walk, joined one, and supported from the sidelines has played their part in reaching this lifesaving total. That support helps us add new donors to the Anthony Nolan stem cell register, find more matches for people with blood cancer, and give more people a second chance of life.
We’ll be Walking Together again in September 2020 for Blood Cancer Awareness Month.
Join us in Walking Together and fundraising to add new donors to the Anthony Nolan stem cell register, find more matches for people with blood cancer and give more people a second chance of life. To take part in the next one, or ask any other questions, get in touch!
Every step you take and pound you raise will help people with blood cancer. Your help could do all of this:
The money you raise can help find lifesaving donors for more waiting patients - and make sure no one faces their transplant journey alone.
Gabhan’s Walking Together story
‘I remember being in hospital thinking I’d never be on that mountain again’
After finding out a stem cell transplant was the only option to treat his acute myeloid leukaemia, Gabhan is now in recovery thanks to donor found by Anthony Nolan.
‘I was delighted when they told me a had a match. We got a call to come in and they said we’ve found you a donor. Myself and my wife were absolutely over the moon. To get a match was overwhelming.
‘I’d completed some walks previously to Walking Together but when I saw the opportunity to fundraise for Anthony Nolan, the main thing for me was wanting to help other people going through this.
‘50 people did the walk and we all did fundraising around our home town, as well as setting up a fundraising page. We climbed Ulster’s highest mountain. It was one of the most enjoyable days I’ve ever had.
‘A year and a half on from my transplant, I’m doing very well.’
‘I feel very lucky. I found out the rate of people who don’t find a match and that’s when it hit home for me. I realised how lucky I was.
‘Stem cell transplants, for me, it’s something that saved my life. I could not have thanked them [my donor] enough for what they have done. They have prolonged my life, they’ve prolonged my life as a father to two children, as a partner.’
Kimberley’s Walking Together story
‘Fundraising has been a way of channelling my grief into something positive.’
After losing her dad in 2017 Kimberley organised her own Walking Together event, the Big Bristol Stroll, to remember him and bring people together.
‘My dad was diagnosed with leukaemia 10 years ago and his prognosis was really bad, they gave him six weeks to live. Then he had a bone marrow transplant. and because of that donor, he went on to live another full, happy and healthy 10 years, which he obviously wouldn’t have had.
‘In 2017 his leukaemia came back and this time it was more aggressive and sadly he lost his battle. My family and I will be forever grateful to Anthony Nolan, as without them we wouldn’t have had the extra time with him.
‘A few months later I received an email about Walking Together, saying ‘would you like to do something’ and I love fundraising. So I got on board and decided to organise a walk in Bristol.
‘I think it appealed to me because there was so much flexibility which was nice. You weren’t expected to move mountains, even if you just walk around the park.
‘There was just a real sense that it was more about bringing people together for something that’s important.
‘I found that organising this event was a great way to encourage a community to come together. It really was a wonderful day.
‘Everyone will have their own personal reason for supporting Anthony Nolan, mine is because they gave me and my family 10 extra years with my dad.’