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A Message from Mark's Daughter Anna

Most of you don’t know that my dad was diagnosed last year with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Thankfully, the treatment he received at the Leukaemia & Lymphoma unit at University College London Hospital saved his life - a world turned upside down is once again right side up. On 20th Sept I’m doing a sponsored walk across six London bridges with my dad, to raise money for the unit so patients can benefit from the research, treatment and services offered by UCLH and have the best shot of survival. I can’t thank them enough for what they did for my dad, but the least I can do is walk over a bridge or two (or six). If you can, please sponsor us. It’s for a really worthy cause.

(To support us by sponsoring this event use this link, not the Donate button in the margin).

Reader Comments (12)


Will certainly sponsor you. All the best.
July 23, 2015 at 16:02 | Registered CommenterCaibre65
Thanks, Caibre65 - much appreciated.
July 23, 2015 at 16:58 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Hi Anna,

Your father's books and systems have been such a help (and inspiration!) for me over over the last few years. I'd be delighted to sponsor you as a small token of my gratitude. Good luck and well done. :-)
July 23, 2015 at 18:28 | Unregistered CommenterNeil Cumming
Thanks to you, Anna, Mark and your team-mates for doing this. I feel fitter just reading about the Bridgeathon
July 24, 2015 at 8:02 | Unregistered CommenterChris Cooper
Thank you everyone for your very kind and generous donations – it is very much appreciated.
July 24, 2015 at 9:56 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Forster
Done. Good luck to Mark and the team.
July 24, 2015 at 10:01 | Unregistered CommenterSmeatho
Great idea - you can count on me. Your father helped me so much with the systems he developed, now I can give something back
July 24, 2015 at 10:52 | Registered CommenterChristian G.
I've donated £10. I confirm that I am a UK taxpayer for gift aid, if the charity is looking for that.


July 27, 2015 at 10:10 | Unregistered CommenterWill

<< I've donated £10. I confirm that I am a UK taxpayer for gift aid, if the charity is looking for that.>>

Unfortunately you used the donation box in the right margin instead of the link in the blog post, and I will be unable to claim Gift Aid on that it is not a charity account. I've temporarily removed the box to prevent anyone else from making the same mistake.

We're still very grateful for your donation though!
July 27, 2015 at 22:54 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Dear Anna,

I have missed this in the hurly-burly of work out here in Kampala, Uganda. I will donate next week when I am home in the UK for two weeks and this is why . . . .

It is 20 years ago this month that my wife started her treatment for Multiple Myeloma, another cancer of the blood, treatable, not yet curable.

On 1 February 1996 Gill had an autologous bone marrow transplant (harvested from her own bone marrow five months earlier). A tough six weeks in the BM Transplant Unit, Every 1 February since then, we have celebrated as her 'other birthday', and in a variety of places.

She is now the longest living BMT myeloma patient in Herefordshire and beyond. Not only has she been able to see our own children grow up, but to be Grandma to our three grandchildren (so far).

Also, she has been able to join me in many places on my work abroad, currently I am working in Kampala, Uganda.

A blessing and many thanks for prayers and bio-chemical engineering.

I have recounted this in the hope that it may bring hope to others who may be going through something similar.

Roger J
August 4, 2015 at 15:03 | Unregistered CommenterRoger Jones

Thank you very much for your promise of support. I'll pass your message on to Anna, who I know will be thrilled to hear about your wife's successful treatment. I had an autologous stem-cell transplant, which is a bit less harrowing - but yes, a "new life" is what you get!
August 4, 2015 at 17:42 | Registered CommenterMark Forster
Thank you for sharing your story Roger. It’s wonderful to hear your wife is still here years after her diagnosis and has had the chance to see her children grow up, meet all her grandchildren and is living life to the full. So many people are taken too early but it’s incredible the things that can be done to help so many too.

We really appreciate your support and are extremely grateful to everyone who has donated.
August 5, 2015 at 12:45 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Forster

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