Graham’s
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Professor Graham Jackson is a Consultant Haematologist at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne and has worked with Myeloma UK since the organisation began, over 21 years ago.

“During my time working with this wonderful charity, I have been involved in over 25 Infodays and have had two 3 year spells as a Director of the charity. Myeloma UK has always been so focused on the patient and their families, and they provide so much valuable, up to date, well sourced and balanced information on myeloma, such as patient information covering the complications of the disease, the treatment of the disease and the treatment of myeloma related complications. Every day in my myeloma clinic I see and hear how important Myeloma UK is – in terms of helping, supporting and informing our patients and their families. Myeloma UK have worked tirelessly to make sure our patients get access to new therapies as soon as possible and ensures that they are available to as many people as possible.

I decided to sign up again for the Myeloma UK London Paris Ride for a number of reasons. I love cycling, I love travelling, but most of all I am passionate about improving the care and outlook of myeloma patients. I am delighted that I am fit enough to be in a position to help Myeloma UK, by raising funds through this challenge. I also want to do it for our Newcastle patients and their families. They are a fantastic bunch of patients. It’s important for me to raise money for Myeloma UK, who in turn support our patients and their families, I previously did the Ride in 2016 and raised over £4,000 and I would love to beat that total. The money raised will help fund a lot of myeloma related research and through developing clinical trials patients can receive early access to novel, exciting and experimental therapies.

As I’ve mentioned I love cycling, so for my preparation for the Ride forms part of my daily routine. I cycle approximately 20 miles a day, 10 miles each way to and from work, so I am at a reasonable fitness level but plan to do some longer rides of 60-70 miles prior to setting off for Paris.

Whether you are a healthcare professional, patient, or Myeloma UK supporter the Ride is a life-changing experience, which gives you an opportunity to make a real difference. By signing up you’ll be supporting a brilliant charity and you’ll also meet some fantastic people cycling along one of Europe’s most beautiful routes. One of the best aspects of the Ride is that people of all abilities can take part, and with a full-support team on hand you will be well looked after. There’s nothing like celebrating under the Eiffel tower at the end of the Ride and enjoying a celebratory dinner in Paris to mark your achievement.  The Ride is a tough journey but nowhere near as tough a journey as the one myeloma patients face. Sign up for the Ride and help make myeloma history.”

You can help Graham Jackson raise money for Myeloma UK by donating directly to his fundraising page.

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