Kris posted on here a few days ago and I am very happy to support him and urge everyone to support such a great cause.
A Norwich fan who has battled Leukaemia for 4 years is being joined on his latest charity walk by his 7 month old son.
Kris Griffin will be joined by his son Luca on Sir Ian Botham’s latest walk for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research in Birmingham on April 17. This will be the third charity walk Kris has completed in 4 years and he hopes to add to the £2500 he has already raised. He hopes to walk in a Villa shirt with the support of Aston Villa supporters who have recently become very aware of Leukaemia through Stiliyan Petrov’s recent diagnosis.
Kris (36) from Kidderminster was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML) in February 2008 and jumped at the opportunity to walk with the President of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Sir Ian Botham, “The first walk was shortly after my diagnosis and when I received words of encouragement and faith from Sir Ian after the walk they meant the world to me. This time is even more special because Luca is joining me.”
The walk to beat blood cancers takes in ten cities across Great Britain. Sir Ian Botham will walk over 150 miles. Sir Ian commented, “Every step you take and every pound you raise is bringing us closer to beating blood cancers.” When Beefy first walked from John O’Groats to Lands End in 1985, only 20% of children with leukaemia survived. Yet now, thousands of miles and over £13 million later, 90% of children are beating the most common form of this devastating disease.
Kris who has supported the Canaries since 1985 said, “My Leukaemia went into remission since the last walk and I’m a new Dad. This walk is for the young people who get hit hard by this terrible illness and Luca and I are going to do all we can to support Sir Ian and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.”
Kris is urging the public and companies to sponsor him by visiting: www.justgiving.com/krisgriffin1
He finished by adding, “I’ve always had an affinity with Aston Villa and have friends who support them. The news of Stiliyan Petrov’s diagnosis was upsetting, I know what he is going through, but his plight has spurred me on to raise even more money, hopefully wearing a Villa shirt.”
Around 30,000 people of all ages, from newborn babies to grandparents are diagnosed in the UK with blood cancers every year. Every penny raised goes towards blood cancer research enabling better delivery of treatments. The money will make a difference so please donate.