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Cancer researcher to run London Marathon for Leukaemia research

Tragic death inspires runner

Kettering Evening Telegraph report, February 9, 2004

Debbie Marsden, 26, of Brambleside Court, Kettering, a research assistant at the University of Leicester, will run the 26-mile route for a second year to raise money for Children with Leukaemia and the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust. To sponsor Debbie...
Anyone wanting to sponsor Dr Marsden can visit or make cheques payable to Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust or Children with Leukaemia and send them to Debbie Marsden, The Bio Centre, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH.

Debbie is running in memory of Joe Dickens who died at the age of six in 2000.
Joe, of Bronte Close, Kettering, underwent chemotherapy sessions and two bone marrow transplants in his short life.

She said: "Reading about Joe in the Kettering Evening Telegraph touched me and I wanted to do something.
I first met Joe when he and his mother Laura used to come into the shop where I was working."

Debbie Marsden only started running 18 months ago and hopes to complete the race on Sunday, April 18, in three hours. She said: "I run 50 miles a week and I am training hard. "Deb is a great girl and we're all supporting her"
Clare Winfield, Cancer Biomarkers and Prevention Group, University of Leicester's Bio Centre

"I would like to thank everyone for the ongoing support. I really appreciate the money people donate and it truly makes a difference to peoples' lives. I am hoping to raise more than 5,000."

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