Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Yes You Can - You Can Help?

The idea of my son (James) running 13.1 miles with a football within 3 inches of his foot is something anyone who knows him could understand and would be confident of his success, however, the thought of James running a half marathon just for the race itself, well that’s another question. So what’s the motivation for him to put himself through training torture with me as his coach and then commit to running 13.1 miles, come rain, hail or shine?

James is a fit, healthy young man, however, he has been in the position of seeing his friend of over 20 years, Jonjo Rooney, fight a battle for his life and win! Yes, win the fight against leukemia. The pair of them decided to celebrate Jonjo’s triumph and at the same time give something back to the charity which supported Jonjo so well in his fight for life, a life saved by a bone marrow transplant and successful recovery. They will celebrate by running The Great North Run, 13.1 miles between Newcastle and Sunderland on September 20th and raise some much needed cash for the Leukemia Research charity.

I know times are tough, but every small amount makes a big difference, you can help by donating as little as $5. Just log onto James’ page at

Donating through Justgiving is quick, easy and totally secure, and if you’re a UK taxpayer don't forget to agree to gift aid which will result in a greater donation at no extra cost to yourselves.
Any contribution made is significant and will be gratefully received. On behalf of James, may I extend a big thank you for your generosity and support for my son and his friend and the good people at Leukemia Research.

David Carruthers 22nd July 2009

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