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

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Day 30 At Rowland's Gill 5th August 2009

Got up early and got a bus to the metro centre for breakfast and then a bus back to the camp site from where I set off to see 'The Angel of the North'. I walked along the road side (probably the most dangerous stretch of road I've been on so far with fast traffic and no room to manoeuvre). When I could see the Angel in the distance I took a photograph and then my camera packed up! At the woods near the statue I met Kelly who works for the Gateshead council. She was doing a forest survey and she kindly took some photos of me on her cell phone and will try and send me copies via e-mail (it was new phone). Without these photographs I will have no record of my 25k kilometre journey to the Angel of the North - something I've wanted to see for a long time. Kelly showed me a cycle route which I took back to the camp site with very little traffic until near the end. The walk to and from the Angel took about 7 hours.

Back at the camp site I took a bus to the metro centre and bought a new camera, a new cell phone and my supper.

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