“Sarcoma is devastating”, says Alex Abbas, who is running the Virgin Money London Marathon in April.
“Losing Dad to sarcoma was the hardest thing myself or my family have ever had to go through. It completely changed our lives.”
Like many of the 68 members of #TeamSarcoma, this will be Alex’s first marathon. “I am excited as all my family are coming to London to cheer me on but also a little bit apprehensive as it is my first one”.
Alex and his family have been tireless fundraisers over the last couple of years, raising over £10,000 through a race night, quizzes, raffles and the London-Brighton cycle by his aunt, Kaye Gawn, in September 2015. “We are now so determined to raise as much money as possible to try and help other people in similar situations to my dad".
Alex is adamant that awareness is vital so that correct diagnoses can be made. “The doctors believed that Dad lived with his sarcoma for up to ten years before being diagnosed. If he was aware of it earlier then there would have been a much better chance he would have survived. By raising funds and getting my story out hopefully more people become aware of Sarcoma and that although rare if diagnosed early enough it can be treated.”
Alex and the London Marathon #TeamSarcoma runners generate significant support for Sarcoma UK that we use to fund innovative research, campaign for change and provide meaningful support for all affected with sarcoma. Support these runners in any way you can.