Article: Sally Deakin runs #LondonMarathon in memory of Johannah
April 24, 2017: The London Marathon held its 36th annual run yesterday with over 50,000 participants and thousands more to cheer them on. Sally Deakin (sister-in-law to Louis Tomlinson’s mum, Johannah Deakin) was among those runners completing the race, yesterday; each with their own motivation for participating.
Months prior to the race, on December 29, Sally Deakin revealed her decision for running the marathon through a post she made in the chubrubdiaries blog entitled “Challenge Accepted” . In her article Sally states:
“... As many of you are aware, my beautiful sister in law passed away earlier this month. As we are all coming to terms with this loss, this challenge has never been more meaningful than it is now. I have an amazing opportunity to raise awareness of BloodWise a charity near and dear to our families’ hearts.”
Johannah (age 43, mum to 7) passed away on December 7th, just weeks before Sally’s announcement, due to a very aggressive form of Leukaemia which she’d been diagnosed with earlier in the year. Sally’s decision to honor her sister-in-law by raising awareness for a charity like Bloodwise, that is dedicated to finding a cure for cancers of the blood, is something that would mean a great deal to Johannah. Charity work had always been near and dear to Johannah and her life work.
Jay was involved in all of the charitable work that her son, Louis Tomlinson, had done through the years; especially during the time he was touring with One Direction. Often as not, it was Jay working tirelessly behind the scenes, bringing to Louis’ attention the children with special needs and those battling life-shortening diseases who could use some help. Together with Louis, Jay worked tirelessly to make many dreams come true. (More can be found about Jay’s incredible charity work in our earlier articles here and here).
Throughout her training, Sally kept everyone informed of her progress on social media (@officialpeachydeaks ) as the weeks went on. The original goal on Sally’s JustGiving page was set for £2000 and by the time Sally crossed the finish line, her donation page had raised nearly £7,000 a 336% achievement of her goal!
The charity will use the donation to support their critical research into blood cancers with the goal of one day developing a cure. Their mission and purpose found on their website, is posted below.
“We’re here for everyone affected by blood cancer: whether it’s leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or another blood disorder; whether you’re a patient, family, friend or carer; whether you’re worried about symptoms, in the middle of treatment or adjusting to life afterwards…..We’ve changed the world for people with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood disorders – but we won’t stop until every single one of the 38,000 people diagnosed with a blood cancer each year survives and can live their lives to the full. Your contribution really will make a difference.”
You too can help Bloodwise with a donation to their Bloodwise JustGiving site and take part in supporting the research that could potentially cure blood cancers saving thousands of lives.