Urban Challenger’s story: Joanna Foakes
Joanna Foakes is throwing on her best Lycra and pounding the city’s streets in preparation for Guy’s Urban Challenge – the three-part fundraising event taking place at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital on 30 September and 1 October 2016.
Joanna’s taking on the 2.4km run, 15km spin, and 29-floor stair climb to raise funds for the hospital to thank them for the amazing care they’ve given her mum. She explains how the staff at Guy’s and St Thomas’ have helped her family.
Diagnosed with a blood disorder
‘In 2013 my mum was diagnosed with a serious blood disorder called Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). After three years of intensive treatment, including chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, we are delighted that she is now in remission.’
Pioneering light therapy
‘The road to full recovery, however, is a long one, and mum is currently receiving pioneering light therapy treatment at Guy’s and St Thomas’. The doctors, nurses and all the staff at the hospital have been absolutely incredible during this difficult time for my mum and our family.
‘I have seen first-hand how, on so many occasions, they have gone above and beyond the call of duty to care for their patients. They continue to be an immense source of support for all of us.
‘My mum is my hero, and so are all the staff at Guy’s and St Thomas’. Taking part in Guy’s Urban Challenge is my way of saying a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who has helped us along the way.’
Amazing support network
‘I’m so glad that we can now count many of the doctors and nurses among our friends – I think that’s a real testament to the hospital’s amazing support network and its brilliant staff. I hope the money I raise will directly help other patients like my mum, and enable Guy’s and St Thomas’ to continue to provide its world-class cancer services to those who need it most.’
If you’d like to support Joanna in her fundraising bid for Guy’s Urban Challenge, you can donate here.