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

Saturday, July 4, 2009

In the UK

Hong Kong airport was very quiet when I arrived early on Thursday morning. There were not many people wearing masks. I had a 3 hour wait then a long but uneventful flight to Heathrow. It was very hot (30C) and humid when I landed on Thursday afternoon. I then caught National Express bus to Torquay arriving about 10.15 pm.

Friday was spent last minute shopping with my sister and brother-in-law. We managed to get 2 'Cancerwalker' T shirts printed while we went for a cup of coffee and had a look around the cell phone shops. On my son's advice I got an Orange sim card for my Nokia and I am going to use that to ring NZ on the 'Camel' plan. Yesterday evening we had a very pleasant family meal out at a pub beside the river Teign.

Today we go shopping for a cell phone with a keypad to hopefully enable posting on the walk.

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