Kate hits the Turbary Trails for Leuka

Kate Billmore_scunthorpe telegraph

23th October 2017

“When I run I think, “Dave can’t run…but I can” and that I ought to make the most of what I can do.”

After her husband was diagnosed with leukaemia for a third time, Kate Billmore decided she didn’t want to sit still. Kate Billmore from Haxey near Doncaster, is running for Leuka this year. She’s running to raise money, she’s running for research, but most of all she’s running for her husband Dave.

“It'll be 7 miles of a cold and muddy struggle for me, compared with Dave's (already) 4 years of a very different struggle,” Kate said, “but if someone can find a cure for this disease, or better still, prevent it from starting in the first place, I'll run and run until they do.”

After first being diagnosed in 2013, Dave received chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant that put him into remission. Sadly the leukaemia returned, and Dave received a second transplant, and while it helped for a short time, unfortunately the cancer has returned again. Dave is no longer a candidate for stem cell transplantation, but is receiving treatment from Doncaster hospital. 

Dave Billmore

“Dave is in the middle of his second cycle of treatment and is responding slowly. The worst part is getting used to and coping with the side-effects of treatment; he’s not able to visit the Welshpool railway at the moment but is able to drive steam locos on a friend’s miniature line 6 miles away from home,” Kate told us. 

“He’s a driver on the Welshpool and Llnafair Light Railway (where I am a Fireman) and his aim is to get back to that next spring.”

Kate will be tackling the Turbary Tinsel Trail race, 7 undulating miles in December’s chilly weather for Leuka, to help raise money for our vital research. 

Fitting in training is tough, but Kate is finding time. “My training goes in fits and starts, depending on Dave, the weather and how weary I feel! I ran 6 miles with some friends in the Lincolnshire Wolds on Saturday, it was a glorious day, but it’ll be a day or two before I have chance to run again.”

Kate has so far raised over £800 and the total keeps climbing! Support Kate and Dave by giving Kate’s fundraising a boost. Visit her Just Giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Kate-Billmore1

Kate's fantastic efforts will be a great help to us, and patients like Dave are why we help fund the IMPACT clinical trials network. Through IMPACT we want to discover just why some stem cell transplants are not successful, and how we can give patients better, more effective treatments.