Andy Jackson, aged 26, will attempt to run from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise £250,000 for Children with Cancer UK, the same amount it cost to treat his own leukaemia.
Andy was 18 when he ran his first London Marathon, just seven months after being diagnosed with leukaemia and two weeks BEFORE his life saving bone marrow transplant.
I haven’t got a fundraising target in mind but would love to raise £250,000 – the amount that it cost to have my bone marrow transplant and all the follow up treatments.
Andy JacksonAndy astounded doctors by producing his first 'healthy' cells in record time, just in time, as days after leaving hospital Andy's mum died of cancer.
Andy and his family bravely chose to take part in a BBC1 documentary around the time of his treatment in an attempt to show others that cancer treatments weren’t to be feared (One Life Series). The documentary was a fitting tribute to the courage and determination shown by both Andy and his mother.
Mr Happy’s mammoth journey started on Sunday 27 February and will take nine weeks to complete (finishing around 8 May 2011).
Andy will be running an average of 22 miles a day.
He will run through major cities and visit famous landmarks and attractions along the way including:
- Aviemore Ski Resort
- Edinburgh Castle
- Blackpool Pleasure Beach
- Alton Towers
- The London Eye and
- Big Ben
Famous faces supporting Andy include comedian Alan Carr and Linda Robson, trustee of our charity. Other comedians will be asked to send in jokes and tweet to keep ‘Mr Happy Smiling’.
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