About my blog

CLL is the acronym for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia. CLL is the most common cancer of the blood. However, unlike many other leukaemias, CLL is incurable. Innovative research is desperately needed to provide treatments which are more effective than the derivatives of chemical warfare agents currently in use. Research however costs money.

In 2009 I walked from John o'Groats in the north east of Scotland to Land's End in the south west of England. Hence the acronym JOGLE. The purpose of my walk was to make more people aware of this insidious disease and to encourage them to sponsor me by donating to the research groups I was supporting. It was a most enjoyable experience and I met some wonderful people. Together we raised over 2000 pounds for the cause. Thank you everyone!

In, 2010, the blog was being continued for those who may have be interested in following my walking holiday in Wales. This was not a charity walk.

Sadly this year, 2013, Alan Frost, a senior member of the Wednesday Loafers, our cancer support group, passed away. Many medics will tell you that CLL can be cured by a bone marrow transplant. Alan had battled with the cure for many years. More research is needed, but significant progress has been made since I started this blog.

CLL is still killing my friends. The organizations listed at the side of this blog would welcome any contributions you would like to make towards their research.

Please feel free to pass on the details of this site to anyone you think may be interested. The link is www.cancerwalker.com

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

At Sydney airport

Hi all,

Well I'm on my way I am currently at Sydney airport.

Before going to the airport this morning I quickly made up some small business like cards with my web address on them. I gave one out at Kathmandu where I went to pick up a watch. The watch also has a heart rate monitor, all for only $50NZ. It will be interesting to see how much walking puts up my heart rate.

I managed to get rid of another card at the check-in and when I went to pay my departure tax. I think the lady there will be a bit more wary the next time she asks someone if there is anything else she can do for someone.

Trying to give cards at border controls and security is not to be recommended. Let's just leave it at that.

I was also very fortunate to meet up with some old mates at the airport from the Tangaroa (a research boat I use to travel on), another two cards gone. They can now keep up with Mr Bean's adventures whilst they are at sea (Mr Bean was my nick name on the Tangaroa).

I think the classic event of the day was trying to find gate 36A. It turned out I was reading my seat number. Doesn't bode well for my navigation on the trip.

Have to go and get some food.



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