When Paul & Jodie Brown’s two-year-old son Arlo was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukaemia, known as Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukaemia, Chris Tudor – a close friend of the family – and his colleagues at Tudor Financial Consultants and Tudor Sales & Lettings in Garforth decided to help in any way they could.
As a fund-raiser, a 143-mile charity bike ride along the Liverpool to Leeds Canal was arranged, with all proceeds going towards to the Anthony Nolan Charity, an organisation which provides life-saving treatment for this form of Leukaemia.
The challenge took place on August 21st and turned into an 18-hour battle against some of the worst elements that the weather could throw at them, but everyone – including Arlo’s father – completed the gruelling ride.
Their efforts proved more than fruitful, with a magnificent £9,753 having been raised for the charity which we presented to Hayley Tomkinson from Anthony Nolan last week 9th October.
Chris Tudor said: “We all underestimated just how difficult 143 miles in the wind, rain and mud – along with a few mechanical issues along the way – would be!
“But the main thing we all managed to complete it for little Arlo and the battle that he is currently fighting. It makes it all worthwhile.
“We’d like to thank all our main sponsors, people who have donated and also the people that helped along the way.”
Jodie and Paul Brown said: – “Thank you from The Brown Family for all the money raised for Anthony Nolan. We never thought we would reach the amounts we have; we are so thankful to everyone for their generosity.
Arlo is very well at home, there is still a long road to recovery, but he is on the right path. He still has a dozen medicines to take daily and a couple of trips to hospital per week for check-ups but he’s finding the time to eat us out of house & home, wrestle daddy all day and play in the garden so he’s happy.
We have had the happiest news from his consultant…he has 100% donor cells, and his bone marrow tests are negative, there is no mutation, so highly unlikely the Leukaemia will return.
The best news we had been waiting to hear”
Terence Lovell, Chief Engagement & Marketing Officer at Anthony Nolan, said: ‘We are so delighted that Chris has taken on this incredible challenge in aid of Anthony Nolan. Every penny raised will help us undertake lifesaving research, recruit more donors and provide vital support to patients and their families.’
Anthony Nolan recruits people aged 16-30 to the stem cell register as research has shown younger people are more likely to be chosen to donate.
They also carry out ground-breaking research to save more lives and provide information and support to patients after a stem cell transplant, through its clinical nurse specialists and psychologists, who help guide patients through their recovery.
It costs £40 to recruit each potential donor to the register, so Anthony Nolan relies on financial support.
Pictured Presentation – Left to Right Jodie Brown, Chris Tudor, Paul Brown with Arlo, Hayley Tomkinson (Anthony Nolan) Jase Stead (Uncle) Sam Tudor